Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking if the latter had any shame left. This was after Modi told an audience at the India Today conclave that India would have achieved more during the recent military skirmishes with Pakistan if the country had Rafale jets at its disposal.
Modi said, “The country is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, what all could have happened if we had Rafale. The country has suffered a lot due to selfish interests earlier and now politics over Rafale,”
His comments on Rafale were also tweeted by the PMO’s official Twitter handle.
राफेल की कमी आज देश ने महसूस की है। आज हिंदुस्तान एक स्वर में कह रहा है कि अगर हमारे पास राफेल होता, तो क्या होता?
राफेल पर पहले स्वार्थनीति के कारण और अब राजनीति के कारण देश का बहुत नुकसान हुआ है: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 2, 2019
He had added, “Why is it that those who ruled the nation for so many years have so many defence scams in their era? If a deal could not happen, defence modernisation could not happen. Who is every middle-man close to? The entire nation knows. And Lutyens Delhi, surely knows.”
Responding to his comments, Gandhi tweeted, “Dear PM, Have you no shame at all? YOU stole 30,000 Cr and gave it to your friend Anil. YOU are solely responsible for the delay in the arrival of the RAFALE jets. YOU are WHY brave IAF pilots like Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, are risking their lives flying outdated jets.”
The alleged irregularities in the purchase of Rafale jets from France was first unearthed by Janta Ka Reporter in November 2017 through a series of special reports by Ravi Nair. This prompted the Congress to and other opposition parties to raise the issue and corner Prime Minister Modi.
Our investigation had highlighted how Modi had compromised the national interests by preferring an inexperienced Reliance company owned by his billionaire friend Anil Ambani over the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to become the offset partner of Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale jets.
The new deal signed by Modi was also 300 percent expensive than what the Congress-led UPA government had negotiated with Dassault Aviation. Modi had also given up on the transfer of technology, which was secured for free by the Congress government in the past.
Points raised by Janta Ka Reporter The Hindu were conclusively proven through its subsequent reporting by newspaper, which obtained more confidential documents showing how officials within the ministry of defence had accused Modi of weaking the negotiating power of India.