Rahul Gandhi's Rafale Retort To PM, "Chowkidaar Is Chor, Hence Proved"

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi's Rafale Retort To PM, "Chowkidaar Is Chor, Hence Proved"

New Delhi: The President of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi today launched a blistering attack on the BJP based on an investigative report by English daily The Hindu, which has accessed a defence ministry note that records its objections to the involvement Prime Minister's Office in the Rafale deal with France. According to the English Daily's report it conclusively establishes the PMO was involved in the deal and it makes the Supreme Court judgment on Rafale questionable since "information was withheld from the court," Mr Gandhi said.

Dating back to November 24, 2015, the internal note said that the position of the PM's Office was "contradictory to the stand taken by MoD (Ministry of Defence) and the negotiating team" . The note added that, it is "desirable" that such discussions be avoided by the PMO "as it undermines our negotiating position seriously."

The Congress President  who has repeatedly accused the Prime Minister of leaving the defence minister out of the loop and conducting parallel negotiations, said, "Who do you think he's doing parallel negotiations for? Not for you and me? It is for Anil Ambani... this proves that Chowkidaar is a thief".

The Prime Minister had attacked the Congress over its allegations on Rafale in the Parliament, yesterday. "I wondered why they speak lies on Rafale with such confidence. Then I realised because they know in all their years in power there hasn't been a single honest defence deal. Some mama, some chacha kept coming in," he said.

The Congress party was accused by the Prime Minister for being "insensitive" about the armed forces. "The Army has seen the days when the officers did not even have bullet-proof jackets to conduct surgical strikes... I am not talking about weaponry here. These are basic facilities".

The Congress President called the attention of the thousands of defence personnel and said, "You fight for us, you die for us... you must know this, that it is clear that the Prime Minister has stolen 30,000 crore of your money, bypassed the process and given it to his friend Anil Ambani".