Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi Leads Opposition Protest Over Rafale Deal Outside Parliament

Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi Leads Opposition Protest Over Rafale Deal Outside Parliament

The charge was forcefully rebutted by the minister, who called it "absolutely wrong".

New Delhi: Protests over the Centre's Rafale deal erupted outside the parliament and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi led the opposition in its demand for a probe. Veteran Congress leaders were seen holding placards that said, "We demand JPC", "Modi Corruption Exposed", Rafale Cover-Up Out In the Open" etc."This is the biggest scam of the world. We are demanding the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the Rafale deal," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha today.

Congress Politician also turned down a breakfast invite from Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for today after the lawmakers weren't allowed to raise their concerns around the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Mr Naidu had declined permission to leaders from the Congress and other parties to raise their demand for a parliamentary probe into the Rafale deal, and even switched off their microphones and hurriedly push through two bills despite their protests.

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Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has accused the government of trying to block attempts in the media to independently report what the party calls a scam. Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan agreed that the government was hiding behind the secrecy clause because "they know as soon as they put the papers on the table, the game will be up".

Mr Rahul Gandhi had attacked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in parliament last month, for "lying to the country when she contended a secrecy pact didn't allow the government to put out details of the deal". The charge was forcefully rebutted by the minister, who called it "absolutely wrong".

"It was agreement of secrecy," she said and quoted the French President Emmanuel Macron's interviews to two media organisations.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley also termed the allegations of misdoings in the Rafale deal as "unsubstantiated" and "reprocessed lies".

"There is not a grain of truth in the wild allegations repeated nor anything substantiating in the purported facts and voluminous documents marshalled to corroborate the baseless accusations, Mr Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled 'The Rafale Falsehood Repeated'.

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