New Delhi: When the investigation of allegations of corruption started in France in the deal of 36 Rafale planes with India, here the Congress got a chance to surround the Modi government anew. The Congress has once again demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to get an inquiry into the Rafale deal. Congress will also take up this matter in the upcoming Parliament session.
Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala said corruption has been exposed with the start of the investigation into the Rafale deal in France and the latest revelations in this case. At the same time, the words of Congress and Rahul Gandhi have been proved right. Surjewala questioned whether Prime Minister Modi will get the JPC probe done?
Randeep Surjewala said that on June 14, the French Public Projection Service (PNF) has started an investigation into the corruption and illegitimate influence in the Rafale deal. In this, the former and current President of France etc. will be investigated, as well as Anil Ambani’s company Reliance is also under investigation.
The current government bought it at many times more rate – Surjewala
Surjewala said that Rafale is a good ship. Congress was doing this deal at a low rate but the current government bought it at manifold higher rate. When Rahul Gandhi raised questions on this, instead of answering, the government made fun of it. We did not go to the court because the court is not able to investigate it.
When France set up an investigation assuming that there was a mistake in the first place, then should there not be an investigation in the country where the scam actually took place? Surjewala said that it is a matter of national interest not BJP vs Congress. Therefore, there should be a JPC investigation to reveal who is guilty.
Surjewala, quoting French website Media Part, said that in the Rafale purchase, the Indian government at the behest of Dassault and the French government also removed the mandatory anti-corruption rules in defense deals, adding to the suspicion.
Layers of corruption exposed in Rafale deal: Surjewala
Congress media in-charge Randeep Surjewala said that the layers of corruption have been exposed in the Rafale deal. The defrauding of the government exchequer and the opposition to the national interest has come to the fore. The question is whether Prime Minister Modi will come forward and get the investigation of Rafale scam done by JPC?
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who attacked the Modi government fiercely by alleging corruption in the Rafale deal in the last Lok Sabha elections, wrote on Twitter “Thief’s beard #RafaleScam”.
However, BJP has already rejected Rahul Gandhi’s allegations. The government has also got a clean chit from the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal. Most importantly, in the Lok Sabha elections, the public also did not pay attention to the allegations of Congress and the slogan of “Chowkidar Chor Hai”. But if the allegations of corruption are proved in the investigation started in France, then it may be difficult for the Modi government to answer.
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