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Monday, Aug 19, 2019

BJP to hold 70 pressers in one day against Congress over Rafale deal

This comes after the government on Saturday filed an application before it, seeking a correction in the order to make it clear that the pricing aspect, examined by the CAG, has not been looked into by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as yet.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2018 08:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
BJP national president Amit Shah with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
BJP national president Amit Shah with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Seeking to turn the tables on the Congress over the Rafale issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will deploy its top leaders, including chief ministers and Union ministers, in 70 cities across the country on Monday to attack the opposition party.

“The BJP will unmask the Congress’ conspiracy against the government and its attempt to play with national security after the Supreme Court has categorically stated the truth about the Rafale deal,” the party’s media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni said.

The judgment, he said, has “nailed the lie” of those levelling allegations against the government over the fighter aircraft contract.

Sources said Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadanvis, Vijay Rupani, Sarbananda Sonowal, its chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam, respectively, will address the media in Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Agartala respectively.

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Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, J P Nadda, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party’s organisational leaders will also speak to the media on Monday at different places.

In a boost to the BJP-led central government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a batch of petitions seeking probe into the Rafale deal.

The court said there is no occasion to doubt the decisionmaking process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

Following the judgement, BJP president Amit Shah has sought an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who, however, stuck to his guns and alleged corruption in the deal.

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First Published: Dec 16, 2018 07:51 IST

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