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Rahul Gandhi challenges PM Modi, wants 20 minutes for one-on-one debate on Rafale deal

The Congress Along With Other Opposition Parties Are Demanding A Joint Parliamentary Committee To Probe The Rs 58,000 Crore Deal.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 02 Jan 2019, 07:40:10 PM
Citing a audio clip in which a Goa cabinet minister is quoting Parriker claiming that he has the Rafale deal file, Rahul Gandhi said there might be many such

New Delhi:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is "blackmailing" Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the former Union defence minister claims that he has the entire Rafale deal file "in his bedroom." Citing a audio clip in which a Goa cabinet minister is quoting Parriker claiming that he has the Rafale deal file, Gandhi said there might be many such "tapes".

"The Goa minister is saying clearly that Parrikar ji said in a cabinet meeting that he has a complete file on Rafale deal with all details and therefore, he can't be disturbed. There may be other such audio tapes," said the Congress chief, who attacked the Modi government on the deal in Lok Sabha earlier.

The Congress along with other opposition parties are demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the Rs 58,000 crore deal.

"What Parrikar is doing is threatening the Prime Minister and blackmailing him in a way. We have been raising this for a long time. Question is what information is there in Parrikar's bedroom and what files are there and what could be the impact on Narendra Modi," Gandhi alleged. 

Rahul Gandhi press conference highlights: 

"The entire Cabinet heard what Mr Parrikar said, essentially what Mr Parrikar is doing is threatening and blackmailing the Prime Minister of India because he (Parrikar) has information of the Rafale deal," says Rahul Gandhi.

"I asked the Lok Sabha Speaker can I play the tape, Speaker refused to allow me to play it, so there was no question of authenticity of the tape there. The Congress has already played it. Also, there might be other tapes as well," says Rahul Gandhi.  

"I am ready to debate on the Rafale deal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi one-on-one for 20 minutes," says Rahul Gandhi.    

"The reality is Rs. 30,000 crore was paid to Anil Ambani, and 'Chowkidaar' is a thief," says Rahul Gandhi.

"They keep asking where does the Congress get the Rs 1,600 crore per aircraft figure, let me tell you from where. Jaitley ji in his speech in Parliament had said the deal is Rs 58,000 crore, so divide this by 36, what figure do you get? Rs 1,600 crore," Rahul Gandhi says.

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First Published : 02 Jan 2019, 06:46:09 PM