Rafale deal: Truth can’t be silenced unlike ‘Modia’, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi had made the fighter jet deal a major campaign issue for his party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Congress leader and Member of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi, on Monday took a dig at the Modi-led Central government over the Rafale fighter jet deal, which is presently under investigation in France.

Calling the deal as a scam, the Congress leader said that truth can never be silenced unlike Modia (India).

“Truth can’t be silenced. Unlike ‘Modia’. #RafaleScam,” he tweeted.

On Twitter, Rahul Gandhi conducted an online poll, inquiring as to why the Modi administration is avoiding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC).

“Why is the Modi government not ready for a JPC probe — guilty conscience, saving the friends, JPC does not want a Rajya Sabha seat and all of these are correct,” he said in a post in Hindi while putting out the survey.

Of the 74,733 people who took part in the survey, 63% opted for the “all these are correct” option.

The Congress party has once again started to target the Central government over the purchase of Rafale fighter jets from France.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has supported Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a JPC to investigate the case.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written, “Shri Rahul Gandhi and the entire opposition have been continuously raising questions on the Rafale deal. The media should also play its role to bring out the truth of this. The country wants to know that when the Air Force needed 126 Rafale aircraft, then why only 36 Rafale were purchased?”

“How did the cost of a Rafale increase from Rs 526 crore earlier to Rs 1600 crore?” he asked.

Pertinently, Rahul Gandhi had made the fighter jet deal a major campaign issue for his party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

However, the issue has been politically revived after a French investigative website, Mediapart, reported that a judge has been appointed to lead a judicial investigation into suspected “corruption and favoritism” in the 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal, which would cover the tenure of a former French president.

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