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Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo at PM Modi after French media revelation on Rafale deal

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged on Thursday that he was a “corrupt man” who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase of the fighter aircraft.

Rahul Gandhi demanded an investigation against the prime minister.

The Congress president also described Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman‘s trip to France as part of a “huge cover-up” by the government.

His attack at the government came at a press conference following a report in the French media that Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, had to choose Ambani’s firm Reliance Defence as its offsets partner in India as a trade-off for getting the deal.

The government has been insisting that it had no role in the Dassault’s choice of Reliance Defence.

Dassault Aviation said in a statement that it has “freely chosen to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group”.

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BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar to give PM’s Ghazipur rally a miss

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Ballia (Uttar Pradesh) | Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar has announced he will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Ghazipur, slated for December 29.

Rajbhar, who represents the Zahoorabad assembly constituency in Ghazipur district, is the Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment minister in the state government. His SBSP is an ally of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. “I will not attend the December 29 programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ghazipur,” Om Prakash told reporters here Saturday.

The prime minister is to visit Uttar Pradesh on December 29 to issue a commemorative postal stamp on backward caste Maharaja Suheldev Rajbhar and lay the foundation stone of infrastructure projects in Ghazipur.

An MLA from a constituency falling in Ghazipur and also a part of the state government, Rajbhar claimed he was never invited at the programmes of the prime minister held in that district and other parts of Poorvanchal.

Asked if he plans to go alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rajbhar said, “In case, there is no seat-sharing agreement with the BJP, the SBSP will contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats from UP and 16 seats from Bihar.”

The SBSP chief said his party is preparing to contest the polls on its own.

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Rafale Deal: NCP chief Sharad Pawar raises concerns over CAG report allegations

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The statement from Sharad Pawar came after PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government lied in the Supreme Court about the CAG report. 

 

 

New Delhi| Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has raised concerns over the allegations on the Modi government regarding CAG report in Rafale deal. He was talking to reporters here.

He said that the SC judgment says the decision is based on the basis of information they got from Government. “The Government told them that CAG has studied it & Public Accounts Committee has also approved, those things are not correct,” said Pawar.

His statement came after senior Congress leader and PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government lied in the Supreme Court about the CAG report.

 

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Subramanian Swamy asks Kharge to file an Affidavit in court on the Rafale verdict

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Subramanian Swamy said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.”

 

New Delhi| The CAG report cited in the Supreme Court’s Rafale judgment has caused a lot of uproars from the opposition. While the opposition has attacked the government for lying about the CAG report in the Supreme  Court, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has asked opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge to file an affidavit in the court.

Talking to a news agency, he said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.” He further suggested that Kharge should file an affidavit or a review petition in the Supreme Court. “He should file affidavit or review petition in court saying I did not receive and the committee has not examined it,” Swamy said.


Earlier today, Kharge slammed the government for allegedly lying to the SC about CAG report in Rafale deal. He said the PAC had not received any such document. He also said the committee will summon Attorney General and CAG for further inquiry in the matter.

The Supreme Court in its verdict on Friday said that there was no occasion to believe that there were wrong-doings in the Rafale deal. The ruling BJP following the ruling had demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

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