The Goa unit of the Congress has alleged that attempts may be made on the life Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to obtain the secret Rafale files, allegedly kept in his possession. In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said that Parrikar’s life was in danger, particularly after the leaked audio became public.
Chodankar wrote, “The Congress apprehends that attempts on the life of Manohar Parrikar may be made to obtain the files from those who want that details of Rafale deal must not come in public domain.”
His letter further added, “I request that best security cover may be provided and existing security my be enhanced for Manohar Parrikar so that he (potential threat) is adequately protected from all possible apprehended threats and that he may be able to reveal the files to the nation without any fear or favour.”
Last week, the Congress had released an audio tape of a conversation, purportedly between Parrikar’s cabinet colleague, Vishwajit Rane and an unknown journalist. In the tape, Rane was heard discussing a cabinet meeting, where Parrikar had allegedly claimed that he had the secret Rafale documents saved in his bedroom.
The release of the audio clip had caused pandemonium in the parliament as Congress President Rahul Gandhi was not allowed to play the audio in the parliament by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
Both Parrikar and Rane had called the audio ‘doctored’ and allegations against them baseless. But, the Congress has now asked why no FIR has been filed in the matter. The party also demanded sacking of Rane from the Goa cabinet for ‘running down’ the image of Parrikar.
Congress spokesperson Urfan Mulla was quoted as saying, “This is a matter of national security and no FIR is being filed despite the Health Minister denying it is his voice… Rane should be sacked for running down the image of the Chief Minister and saying that he is holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ransom over the Rafale files.”