Shortly after the Supreme Court issued a clean-chit to Narendra Modi government in Rafale deal saying that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process, Home Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Singh demanded apologies from Rahul Gandhi for lying about the Rafale deal and misleading the nation over it. It may be noted that Rahul Gandhi has been leading a relentless campaign against the deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation in fly-away condition, alleging corruption in the government-to-government deal.
“Congress president (Rahul Gandhi) tried to mislead the public for political benefit, and maligned India’s image globally. He should apologise to the House (Parliament) and to the people of the country. He thought ‘hum to doobe hain sanam tum ko bhi le doobenge’,” Rajnath said before MPs.
Earlier, speaking outside the Parliament, Rajnath said that the matter was crystal clear from the beginning and “we have been saying that the allegations levelled by the Congress were baseless and to gain political mileage”.
The Supreme Court in its order also ruled out any possibilities of any favoritism in the deal. Opposition led by Congress Party had alleged that Narendra Modi helped Anil Ambani’s Reliance group in becoming offset partners in the deal with Rafale’s parent company Dassault aviation.