Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has come down heavily on Congress President Rahul Gandhi through a letter. In his letter, the Goa Chief Minister accused the Congress President of using the five minutes long meeting with him for “petty political gains.” On Tuesday, Gandhi paid a visit to Parrikar, who is recovering from a serious pancreatic condition.
“I feel let down that you have used this visit for your petty political gains. In the 5 minutes you spent with me, neither did you mention anything about Rafale, now did we discuss anything related to it,” Parrikar said in his letter.
This comes soon after Rahul Gandhi alleged on Wednesday that Parrikar told him during their brief meeting that he was kept in the dark by PM Modi about the changes being introduced in the Rafale deal.
“Friends, the ex-defence minister Mr Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani,” the Congress leader told a booth-level party workers meeting in Delhi.
Parrikar’s letter to Gandhi was vetted by BJP chief Amit Shah, who called the Congress leader “insensitive” for his comments on Parrikar.
Shah said, “Dear Rahul Gandhi, you showed how insensitive you are, by lying in the name of a person fighting a disease. The people of India are disgusted by your reckless behaviour. In his trademark style, @manoharparrikar ji sets the record straight (sic)”
Union minister Smriti Irani, too, joined the attack on Rahul Gandhi and said that he used a courtesy visit to Parrikar for his political gains.