Watch: Rahul Gandhi accuses govt of ‘cover-up’ on Rafale report
In a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called the Rs 59,000 crore deal for 36 fighter jets a “clear-cut case of corruption” and accused the government of a cover up. Gandhi also questioned the timing of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s three-day visit to France. “I don’t know what the emergency is... It is pretty clear that there is a huge cover-up... India’s Defence Minister going to France... What can be a clearer,” he said at Gandhi said at a hurriedly-convened press conference. Gandhi’s attack comes a day after a French media report suggested that Dassault had been told to partner with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group, based on a 2017 internal document. The company has denied this interpretation, underlining that it had “freely chosen” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as an offset partner for the Rafale deal.