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PM is corrupt, must go: Rahul on further Rafale revelations

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New Delhi, Oct 11 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “corrupt” following fresh revelations by French website Mediapart that inclusion of a private defence partner from India was an “imperative and obligatory” condition for securing the Rafale jets contract.

Mediapart said the name of Reliance Defence was give to Dassault Aviation as “obligatory” offset partner.

Questioning Modi’s “deafening silence” on the issue, despite allegations of corruption directed at him, Gandhi said the Prime Minister must resign.

“The Prime Minister of India is corrupt, I want to tell the youth of the nation that he is corrupt,” Gandhi said at a special media briefing here.

“Allegations of corruptions are being directed at him and the Prime Minister is silent. He should resign if he cannot respond (to the charges),” he said.

Gandhi reading out excerpts from Wednesday’s Mediapart report on an internal Dassault document, said that the group accepted to work with Reliance as an “imperative and obligatory” condition for securing the fighter jet contract.

“Rafale’s senior executive has clearly stated that choosing Anil Ambani’s company was a compensation for the purchase of Rafale.

“Earlier former French President (Francois Hollande) had revealed that Indian Prime Minister had told them that Reliance should get a deal. Now Dasaullt’s second senior-most executive has said the same thing,” said Gandhi alleging that “Modi put Rs 30,000 crore in his industrialist crony’s pockets.”

In its earlier report the French website had quoted Hollande as saying that India had proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for the deal.

“There is a clear-cut case of corruption against the Prime Minister,” said Gandhi ridiculing the Modi government for shying away from a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the deal.

He also questioned the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to France wondering if her three day trip from Wednesday was in connection with process to justify Modi’s decision to purchase the fighter jets.

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We will remove BJP from power in Delhi, Says Rahul Gandhi

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Mohali (Punjab), Dec 10: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of eroding the credibility of each and every institution of the country, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said his party will ensure that the BJP is removed from power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Each and every institution across country is being attacked&Congress &Opposition is against these attacks. In 2019,we’ll stop only after removing BJP govt from Delhi. Jaldi se jaldi BJP aur Modi Ji ke sarkar ko hum Delhi se hatane ja rahe hai” Gandhi said in Mohali.

Gandhi along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Moti Lal Vora was in Mohali to re-launch the ‘Navjivan’ newspaper.

Continuing his attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Modi government, the Congress President said that an atmosphere of fear had been created in the country and the media was also being suppressed.

“Media ko bhi daraya ja raha hai, dabaya ja raha hai (Media is being intimidated and suppressed). Media has been captured in every state. Media says only what powerful people want to listen. ‘Navjivan’ will be an independent voice in such an atmosphere. It can even criticize the Congress party,” Gandhi said.

He said that Supreme Court judges were openly saying that they were not being allowed to work, Army generals were saying that Modi was using the Army and the Election Commission was also being suppressed.

“We will fight to protect these institutions. We are not like the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) and BJP.”

The Congress Chief also praised Manmohan Singh saying “he represented crores of Indians on an international platform, he did it with respect and humility”.

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Kapil Sibal slams PM Modi for ‘widow’ remark

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New Delhi, Dec 10: In an apparent attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday said that uncultured leaders of Hindu faith spout venom, hate for a widow who has values of a cultured Hindu.

“Is this our Hindu culture ? Uncultured barbs, uncultured leaders of Hindu faith spout venom and hate for a widow who has values of
a cultured Hindu”,  he tweeted.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan, indirectly targeted UPA chairperson and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi by referring to her as a “widow”.

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Upendra Kushwaha resigns as Union Minister

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday resigned as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development. 

Kushwaha has been at loggerheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party over the seat-sharing in Bihar for the high stakes 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The development comes after the RLSP chief told the media that he will not participate in the NDA meeting at Parliament House complex slated to be held at 4 p.m.

“I will not participate in the NDA meeting,” he said.

The politician has been critical of the saffron party since it announced that the BJP and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) would contest 17 seats each in the state.

According to the tentative arrangement, the RLSP was to be granted two seats, one less than the number it had contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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