NEW DELHI — The issue of Rafale deal refuse to die down as every day it is getting stronger and fiercer. The Congress leaders demand JPB probe into the deal and the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party, emboldened by the Supreme Courts verdict on the deal refuse to accept JPC probe.
Amid heated exchange of allegations and debate in Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday spoke on various aspects of the agreement for over two hours, BJP leader and minister in Assam came out in suppport of deal and the party and opened his mind vis-a-vis Congress firing a fresh salvo.
According to NDTV report, while addressing a rally in Silchar, Mr Sarma alleged: “Congress doesn’t want the Indian Air Force to get the Rafale aircraft. It’s scared because India can finish off Pakistan with Rafale fighter jets and the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi won’t want that to happen.”
What does the devoted BJP leader want to convey with this statement? Mr Sarma or any other leader of the BJP for that matter try to single out Opposition party Congress having soft corner for the neighbouring Muslim country?
In continuation of their efforts to polarize the society on communal lines, Saffron leaders need no limits. Mr Sarma is not the only name in the party out there are others also who have used the word Pakistan aligning it with the main Opposition party on many occasions.
BJP’s general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya has also accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of speaking the “language of Pakistan” and seeking information in the Rafale issue that the neighbouring country wants, reported news agency PTI.
After the Congress won the recent Assembly elections in three states, allegations were made that slogans such as “Pakistan Zindabad” were raised during processions.
“Some people want Gandhi to become a big leader in India. Who are they? They are Pakistani leaders, and also those who stand for corruption, dynasty and politics of appeasement,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had said earlier.
Congress, however, said deliberate attempts are being made to bring Pakistan into the election discourse to polarise voters.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi accused Modi of bypassing procedures to award an offset contract to a private entity after agreeing to a three-time hike in the price per aircraft and reducing the number of planes to be bought.
Demanding to conduct a JPC probe in the deal to purchase jets, Congress president referred to the Supreme Court verdict which rejected pleas seeking a probe into the Rafale deal and said the apex court had said a probe was not in its jurisdiction and had not said that there should not be a JPC or a parliamentary probe.
(With inputs from NDTV)