PM Modi's Rafale Jab At Congress "Was Deal Stopped Because Of Michel Mama?"

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PM Modi's Rafale Jab At Congress "Was Deal Stopped Because Of Michel Mama?" 

New Delhi: PM Modi, today replied to the Congress party's rafale allegations and attacked the Gandhis by referring to alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel.

The Prime Minister's comments came after a recent report claimed that Christian Michel had lobbied for Rafale's competitor Eurofighter.

The PM said at a rally that, "Michel mama was lobbying for some other company. Congress leaders who are making noise now should explain to everyone - what is their relationship with Michel mama? Shouldn't they given an answer? Shouldn't the chowkidar ask them about it," at a rally in Maharashtra's Solapur, without taking names.

The India Today had reported a document which says that a strategy paper seized during the raids on Guido Haschke - another Agusta middleman - had revealed that Christian Michel and Haschke worked on a plan to promote Rafale's prime competitor Eurofighter before India finally signed a deal for 36 Rafale jets from France's Dassault.

The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party has alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi's allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal is linked to the Gandhi family's connection with Christian Michel, who is accused of bribery in the VVIP chopper deal signed when the Congress was in power.

The BJP accused the Congress Party that a previous deal for 126 Rafale fighters negotiated by the Congress-led UPA government fell through because of "Christian Michel's dealings".

PM Modi asked the crowd in Solapur, "Do you support the chowkidaar," referring to himself by the term Rahul Gandhi often uses while targeting him. "Was the deal stopped then because of Michel mama's saudebaazi (deals)," he said, apparently referring to the 126 jet plan that didn't materialise.

The Congress President has repeatedly accused the Prime Miniser Modi of going for an overpriced deal for France's Rafale fighters just to help businessman Anil Ambani, whose Reliance Defence bagged an offset contract with Rafale-maker Dassault. The Congress Chief said, "Nothing is going to save the PM from Rafale. It is an open and shut case."