Defence Minister lied about HAL contracts in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi
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New Delhi, Jan 7: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of lying even in her clarification that the government has given Rs, 1,00,000 Crore to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

“Today Nirmala Sitharaman lied in parliament. I’m again requesting the Defence minister and PM Modi to answer “did Air Force and Defence ministry senior officers object to your interference in Rafale deal?, Please answer in a Yes or No”, he told media.

Gandhi said when he raised the question in Parliament, Sitharaman started talking about her middle class background which was “also not true”.

“The Defence Minister claims they are helping HAL, but Dassault has received Rs 20,000Cr without even delivering the aircraft, whereas Govt owes HAL Rs 15700Cr on completed projects”.

The Congress Chief also challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a 15 minutes debate on Rafale Deal.

“The chowkidar of the country is scared to face Parliament. He cannot stand in a Rafale debate. Give me 15 minutes with Narendra Modi, the whole country will know (the truth)”.


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