Rafale row Highlights: Even after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman clarified recent controversy over Rafale, the Congress has continued its attack on the government. A media report which appeared on Friday claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office had interfered in price negotiations in the Rafale deal. Responding to the allegations, Sitharaman said that the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had replied to the letter asking the official to remain ‘calm’ and solve the matter with PMO officials.
Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was directly involved in Rafale scam. Addressing the media party office in Delhi, Rahul said that PM Modi has stolen Rs 30, 000 crore of defence forces and handed over it to Anil Ambani whose firm is an offset partner of Dassault Aviation. While citing a media report, Rahul claimed that Defence Ministry had clearly said in a report that PM was carrying out parallel negotiations.
Meanwhile, Rahul will visit Bhopal later in the day where he will address a farmers’ rally. The rally will be held at the BHEL Jamboree Maidan in Bhopal. According to Congress’ media cell coordinator Narendra Saluja, during the thanksgiving rally, farmers will felicitate Rahul for the farm loan waiver decision announced by Congress-led government under Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Rahul Gandhi had during the campaign for the Assembly polls Madhya Pradesh last year, had promised a farm loan waiver if Congress gets majority in the state Legislative Assembly.
All top Congress leaders from the state including CM Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijays Singh are expected to share the stage.