Congress moves privilege motion against PM and Defence Minister

The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday engaged in a war of words over the price details of the Rafale fighter jet deal, with both parties accusing each other of misleading Parliament.
PM Modi Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman for “lying” about the secrecy clause in a 2008 Indo-French pact during the no-trust vote in Parliament on July 20.

In his plea to the Speaker, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said Sitharaman’s assertions “on the floor of this House were absolutely false” and she had misled not just the members of the House but “the entire nation”.

Referring to Modi, he said the Prime Minister’s claim on transparency in the Rafale agreement is “factually incorrect, untrue and deliberately made with the intention to mislead the House”.

The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday engaged in a war of words over the price details of the Rafale fighter jet deal, with both parties accusing each other of misleading Parliament.

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