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Jobs, economic growth and now ‘Rafale papers’ disappeared, alleges Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi taking a dig at the Union government over the missing documents related to the Indo-France Rafale deal alleged that under Narendra Modi government jobs, economic growth and now even Rafale papers have disappeared.

Addressing a press conference, Congress president Rahul Gandhi again questioned the role of Prime Minister’s Office in the Rafale deal. He said, “On one hand you are saying the documents are missing, so this means the documents are genuine and its clearly written in them that PMO was carrying out parallel negotiations.”

Demanding an inquiry on missing Rafale paper, Gandhi said,” Action should be taken against those on those involved in this missing documents case but an inquiry should be initiated on PMO making parallel negotiations.” Gandhi also accused PM Modi of performing a “bypass surgery in the purchase of the fighter aircraft for corruption, including benefiting businessman Anil Ambani.

Responding to the question of possible investigation on media firms in the missing documents case, Gandhi demanded that people involved in the 30,000 crore scam should also be investigated. He said, “Rafale files disappeared, it was said that an investigation should be conducted against you (media) because Rafale files disappeared; but the person who was involved in Rs 30,000 crore scam, no investigation against him?”

Hitting back at Modi for calling the Congress a “poster boy” following the Balakot air strike, Gandhi said “it is he who is Pakistan’s poster boy, not us” as he noted that the Modi government has got Pakistan spy agency ISI in India to probe the Pathankot terror attack.

Modi had also invited then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing in and then went to the country to meet him as well, he said.

The Centre on Wednesday during the hearing on the Rafale deal in Supreme Court had alleged that the documents regarding the case were stolen from the Defence Ministry, and the ones that the petitioners were relying on were in the violation of the Oficial Secrets Act.



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