Rafale row: Rahul Gandhi peddling biggest fake news of the year, says BJP

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Updated:Feb 08, 2019 9:22:45 pm

In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a probe by the JPC into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

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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.

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  • 14:22 (IST)

    Rafale row: It is an open and shut case, says Rahul

    On Rafale, Rahul Gandhi said, "It is an open and shut case." He said that the government can use the law against everyone, including his brother-in-law Robert Vadra and former Union Finance minister P Chidambaram, but must answer questions on the Rafale deal.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Sitharaman clears air over MoD's dissent note

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters outside the Parliament that a newspaper published a file noting written by Defence Secretary and "if a newspaper publishes a noting then the ethics of journalism will demand that the newspaper publishes the then Defence Minister’s reply as well."

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Nirmala Sitharaman responds to Rahul in Lok Sabha

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha said, "Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ji replied to that MoD note that remain calm, nothing to worry, everything is going alright. Now, what do you call the NAC led by Sonia Gandhi's interference in earlier PMO? What was that?"

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Kharge demands JPC probe into Rafale deal

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in Lok Sabha that the opposition wants a JPC probe into the deal. "We demand a joint parliamentary committee, everything will be revealed then, we don't want any explanation now, have heard many explanations, from PM also."

  • 12:25 (IST)

    Naqvi slams Rahul Gandhi

    Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbad Naqvi said that sometimes it looks like some people especially senior leaders of Congress have got 'supari' to defame and misguide on the sensitive issue of national security. "Congress situation is-Na izzat ki chinta na fikar kisi apmaan ki, jai bolo beimaan ki," he said.

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Now TMC questions Modi-Shah over MoD's dissent note on Rafale

    THe opposition members created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over Ministry of Defence's dissent note on Rafale negotiations between India and Frane. TMC MP Saugata Roy said, "Modi-Shah duo is destroying defence backbone of the country."

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Modi has got dual personality, Rahul responds to PM's 'ulta Chor, Chowkidaar ko daante' remark

    When Rahul Gandhi was asked about PM Modi's remark that 'Ulta Chor, Chowkidaar ko daante', the Congress president replied: "He is talking about himself? He has got a dual personality? He's now viewing himself as 'Chowkidaar & 'Chor'? He talks to himself at night, one day he becomes 'Chowkidaar' & one day he becomes 'Chor'? Schizophrenia?

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Nirmala Sitharaman lied to the nation, says Rahul Gandhi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi reiterated that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lied as well. "Former French President Francois Hollande has admitted that he was made to choose Anil Ambani by PM Modi himself," he said.

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Truth has come out, says Rahul

    Replying to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that Congress is weakening the Indian Air Force, he said, "PM Modi Ji has stolen Rs 30, 000 crore, Defence Ministry has clearly said in a report that PM was carrying out parallel negotiations, the truth has come out."

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Met Manohar Parrikar, but didn't discuss Rafale: Rahul

    Replying to a question about his meeting with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recently, Rahul clarified that he met with Parrikar at his residence but didn't discuss about Rafale deal. "I said  I met Manohar Parrikar ji, but there was no discussion on Rafale. It was just a courtesy visit to inquire about his health," he said.

  • 11:03 (IST)

    PM Modi robbed IAF's Rs 30,000 crore, says Congress president

    Rahul said that PM Modi himself robbed Air Force's Rs 30,000 crore and gave it to Anil Ambani, we have been raising this since 1 year. Now a report has come where Defence Ministry officials say that PM was holding parallel negotiations with France government.

  • 11:01 (IST)

    PM Modi guilty in Rafale deal, says Rahul Gandhi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Anil Ambani's firm was made an offset partner in the Rafale deal al the recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The Prime Minister was guilty in Rafale deal," he said.

  • 10:44 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi rally in Bhopal: Posters describe Congress president as Ram bhakt

    Several posters appeared in the city on Thursday describing Congress president Rahul Gandhi as 'Ram Bhakt'. Rahul is slated to visit Bhopal to address thanksgiving rally of farmers' for showing faith in the Congress leadership in the last year's assembly polls.

  • 10:39 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi rally in Bhopal: Over 2 lakh farmers' to attend

    Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi has claimed that more than two lakh farmers from the state are likely to participate in the rally. Chaturvedi said that all arrangements are in place for Congress president's rally. He said that the Congress has fulfiled its election promise of loan waiver to the farmers' of the state.

20:11 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Checking progress is no interference: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that "if PMO pursues a matter saying what is the progress? How far is it happening? Is it happening here? Is it happening in France? Are you all moving forward? That cannot be construed as interference at all."

Sitharaman hit back at the Congress asked what was the NAC? "National Advisory Council under Shrimati Sonia Gandhi. It was not a Constitutional body. It was remote controlling the PMO. Was that interference? she said.

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19:54 (IST)08 Feb 2019
This is half truth: Nirmala on Rafale story

In an interview to ANI, the defence minister said: "Is it not responsibility of a journalist to search for next before publishing?Or at least say we tried getting answer from the ministry,they didn’t respond&therefore, they're only publishing this much. They've published half truth."

19:09 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Biggest fake news of the year: BJP on Rafale story

The BJP has hit out at the opposition calling Rafale story the biggest fake news of the year.

18:27 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Arvind Kejriwal demands independent CBI probe

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has demanded an "independent" CBI raid to seize all Rafale related files and arrest everyone involved. "In the light of today's expose on Rafale, "independent" CBI should raid PMO, seize all the files related to Rafale and make arrests just like they raided my office and residence and Kolkatta police commissioner," he tweeted. 

17:45 (IST)08 Feb 2019
AAP MP Sanjay Singh writes to CBI seeking FIR in Rafale Deal

ANI reports that AAP MP Sanjay Singh has written a letter to CBI for registration of FIR in Rafale deal against the persons who were prima facie directly or indirectly involved in causing huge loss to the exchequer including the Prime Minister. A thorough investigation must be conducted in the light of the disclosure made by the newspaper, he has said. 

17:30 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Rafale controversy: What is the issue about?

A media report which appeared on Friday claimed that the Prime Minister's Office had interfered in price negotiations in the Rafale deal. The report claimed that there were parallel negotiations by the PMO, and the then defence secretary had objected to that. However, later it turned out that the objection had nothing to do with pricing but a sovereign guarantee.

17:13 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee hits out at PM Modi

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that during the election, he (Prime Minister Modi) becomes 'Chaiwalla' after the election he becomes 'Rafale walla'.

17:00 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Hindu story is complete in itself: N Ram

Speaking to ANI, The Hindu Group Chairman N Ram said: "The story is complete in itself because we have not dealt with Manohar Parrikar's role in this and that needs investigation."

16:50 (IST)08 Feb 2019
You are not involved, so do not defend indefensible: N Ram to Sitharaman

Speaking to ANI, The Hindu Group Chairman said: "I don’t need any certificate from Nirmala Sitharaman. Now they are in big trouble&trying to cover up. My only advice to her would be, ‘You are not involved in the transaction, why you take upon yourself the burden of justifying the indefensible?"

15:51 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Probe Robert Vadra, PChidambaram but answer on Rafale: Rahul Gandhi to Centre

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he has no problem if the government investigates his brother-in-law Robert Vadra or senior party leader P Chidambaram as long as it also answers questions on the Rafale jet deal. Gandhi launched a fresh broadside against the government on the deal following a report in The Hindu newspaper claiming the Defence ministry raised strong objections to "parallel discussions" conducted by the PMO during the negotiations between India and France.

14:22 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Rafale row: It is an open and shut case, says Rahul

On Rafale, Rahul Gandhi said, "It is an open and shut case." He said that the government can use the law against everyone, including his brother-in-law Robert Vadra and former Union Finance minister P Chidambaram, but must answer questions on the Rafale deal.

13:56 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Sitharaman clears air over MoD's dissent note

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters outside the Parliament that a newspaper published a file noting written by Defence Secretary and "if a newspaper publishes a noting then the ethics of journalism will demand that the newspaper publishes the then Defence Minister’s reply as well."

13:34 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Nirmala Sitharaman responds to Rahul in Lok Sabha

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha said, "Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ji replied to that MoD note that remain calm, nothing to worry, everything is going alright. Now, what do you call the NAC led by Sonia Gandhi's interference in earlier PMO? What was that?"

13:26 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Kharge demands JPC probe into Rafale deal

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in Lok Sabha that the opposition wants a JPC probe into the deal. "We demand a joint parliamentary committee, everything will be revealed then, we don't want any explanation now, have heard many explanations, from PM also."

12:52 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Read then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's response

Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had replied to MoD's dissent note on Rafale negotiations saying, 'It appears PMO and French President office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was an outcome of the summit meeting. Para 5 appears to be an over reaction.'

12:34 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Ruckus in Lok Sabha over MoD's dissent note

Opposition parties are protesting in the Lok Sabha over MoD's dissent note to the PMO in 2015 against negotiations on the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. Opposition members chanted slogans like "chowkidar chor hai" corner the Modi government.

12:25 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Naqvi slams Rahul Gandhi

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbad Naqvi said that sometimes it looks like some people especially senior leaders of Congress have got 'supari' to defame and misguide on the sensitive issue of national security. "Congress situation is-Na izzat ki chinta na fikar kisi apmaan ki, jai bolo beimaan ki," he said.

12:24 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Former French President called PM Modi a thief, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said that former French President Francois Hollande had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a thief.

12:20 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Now TMC questions Modi-Shah over MoD's dissent note on Rafale

THe opposition members created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over Ministry of Defence's dissent note on Rafale negotiations between India and Frane. TMC MP Saugata Roy said, "Modi-Shah duo is destroying defence backbone of the country."

11:34 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Modi has got dual personality, Rahul responds to PM's 'ulta Chor, Chowkidaar ko daante' remark

When Rahul Gandhi was asked about PM Modi's remark that 'Ulta Chor, Chowkidaar ko daante', the Congress president replied: "He is talking about himself? He has got a dual personality? He's now viewing himself as 'Chowkidaar & 'Chor'? He talks to himself at night, one day he becomes 'Chowkidaar' & one day he becomes 'Chor'? Schizophrenia?

11:25 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Nirmala Sitharaman lied to the nation, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi reiterated that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lied as well. "Former French President Francois Hollande has admitted that he was made to choose Anil Ambani by PM Modi himself," he said.

11:24 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Truth has come out, says Rahul

Replying to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that Congress is weakening the Indian Air Force, he said, "PM Modi Ji has stolen Rs 30, 000 crore, Defence Ministry has clearly said in a report that PM was carrying out parallel negotiations, the truth has come out."

11:05 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Met Manohar Parrikar, but didn't discuss Rafale: Rahul

Replying to a question about his meeting with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recently, Rahul clarified that he met with Parrikar at his residence but didn't discuss about Rafale deal. "I said  I met Manohar Parrikar ji, but there was no discussion on Rafale. It was just a courtesy visit to inquire about his health," he said.

11:03 (IST)08 Feb 2019
PM Modi robbed IAF's Rs 30,000 crore, says Congress president

Rahul said that PM Modi himself robbed Air Force's Rs 30,000 crore and gave it to Anil Ambani, we have been raising this since 1 year. Now a report has come where Defence Ministry officials say that PM was holding parallel negotiations with France government.

11:01 (IST)08 Feb 2019
PM Modi guilty in Rafale deal, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Anil Ambani's firm was made an offset partner in the Rafale deal al the recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The Prime Minister was guilty in Rafale deal," he said.

10:46 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi over Rafale

Congress president is currently addressing media party office in Delhi. He has reiterated his Rafale charges alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stolen defence forces money and handed over it Anil Ambani whose firm is an offset partner in the Rafale deal.

10:44 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi rally in Bhopal: Posters describe Congress president as Ram bhakt

Several posters appeared in the city on Thursday describing Congress president Rahul Gandhi as 'Ram Bhakt'. Rahul is slated to visit Bhopal to address thanksgiving rally of farmers' for showing faith in the Congress leadership in the last year's assembly polls.

10:39 (IST)08 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi rally in Bhopal: Over 2 lakh farmers' to attend

Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi has claimed that more than two lakh farmers from the state are likely to participate in the rally. Chaturvedi said that all arrangements are in place for Congress president's rally. He said that the Congress has fulfiled its election promise of loan waiver to the farmers' of the state.

In the run-up to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls in November last year, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had promised to waive off farm loans within 10 days of government formation. The Congress had emerged as the single largest party with 114 seats in 230 members House but managed to go past the magic figure of 116 with support from BSP and SP MLAs. The BJP had ruled the Madhya Pradesh between 2003 and 2018.
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