New Delhi, August 23 : The Congress party has decided to vigorously launch campaign across India against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter jet deal issue and for this , the party will hold press conferences in over 100 cities in the country to expose the BJP led NDA government .
The Congress party has been alleging a ‘monumental scam’ in the purchase of the fighter jets from France that has caused a loss of Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer and has already announced that it will launch a nationwide protest against the Narendra Modi government on the issue soon.
“Congress will hold press conferences in two phases in 100 cities of India from August 25 over the issue of Rafale deal,” ANI reported citing sources.
The decision of making the ‘Rafale deal of PM Modi’ a major poll issue in 2019 Lok Sabha elections assumes much significance as Modi government has been reluctant in disclosing the price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets purchased from France.
The party is demanding that the government disclose the price and other details of the deal.
It said that starting August 25, Congress leaders in different cities will brief the media in a bid to highlight the irregularities in the multi-crore Indo-France deal on Rafale jets.
This development came after industrialist Anil Ambani wrote a letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, claiming that Congress has been misinformed, misdirected and misled by malicious vested interests and corporate rivals” on the offsets related to the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group issued legal notices to several Congress leaders asking them to “cease and desist” from levelling baseless charges of the ADAG securing undue benefits from the Rafale deal.
While the Congress called the notices as evidence of a “nexus between the BJP and the corporate world”, its spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said: “I received a notice (from ADAG). I had sent a preliminary reply to them pertaining to the notice. Whatever we speak, we say it on the basis of facts.””We do it as a responsible political party.
The Congress said that legal notices by PM Modi’s ‘crony friends’ are being sent to it and its leaders over the Rafale issue , the party said its leaders were prepared to even go to jail if they had to do it for the sake of exposing corruption.
The remarks came as Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group issued legal notices to several Congress leaders asking them to “cease and desist” from levelling baseless charges of the ADAG securing undue benefits from the Rafale deal.
But, since Rafale is a monumental scam of Modi ji, this is the grandmother of all scams, so they are very scared.Modiji can keep sending such legal notices in order to frighten us. He can enjoy doing it. But, nobody is going to get scared,” Gohil further said.