Setting the tone for an acrimonious debate with the BJP-led government over the Rafale fighter deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “hides” in his room and does not have the “guts” to come to Parliament to respond to questions.
Demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft from France as he opened the discussion in Lok Sabha, Gandhi alleged corruption in the deal and, referring to the Prime Minister’s interview telecast a day earlier, said: “He (Modi) spoke for 90 minutes in a staged interview but still did not answer questions on the Rafale issue.”
“We demand a JPC probe into matter. There is no reason for BJP leaders to feel afraid. The country will get to know that Modi put Rs 30,000 crore in the pockets of Double A. The contract was snatched from HAL,” he said.