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Led by Sonia Gandhi, opposition MPs hold protest over Rafale deal

UPA chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a protest over the issue in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2018 21:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with other opposition parties' leaders raises slogans during a protest against the Union government over Rafale deal issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday, Aug 10, 2018. (PTI)

The Congress and the opposition stepped up their attack on the government over the Rafale deal on Friday, with UPA chairperson and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi holding a protest in Parliament premises; party president Rahul Gandhi calling it “biggest ever” defence scam in an event in Chattisgarh; and opposition MPs trooping into the well of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha demanding a joint parliamentary committee to probe the deal.

Sonia Gandhi along with opposition MPs, including Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI’s D Raja, and AAP’s Sushil Gupta, among others, protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex, holding placards and raising slogans.

Addressing an event in Raipur, Rahul Gandhi said the price of the Rafale jets “magically” rose from Rs 540 crore to Rs 1600 crore per piece.

The government has said that the prices aren’t comparable on account of customisation of the aircraft, and also that it is prevented from sharing specifics on account of an agreement with France, from whom the jets are being bought in a government to government deal, and in the interests of national security.

Inside the two houses of Parliament, Congress MPs entered into the well of the house holding placards and raised slogans demanding a JPC.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 14:37 IST