Panaji, Jan 29: Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday, a day after reiterating his party’s claim that the latter is in possession of “explosive secrets” pertaining to the Rafale jet deal that gave Parrikar power over the PM Narendra Modi.
Gandhi, who is on a 3-day vacation in the coastal state, met Parrikar at his office. Tweeting later, Gandhi said the visit was a personal one to wish Parrikar a speedy recovery.
“This morning I visited Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar, to wish him a speedy recovery. It was a personal visit, Gandhi tweeted.
Yesterday, Gandhi put out a series of tweets raising the Rafale deal and the so-called Manohar Parrikar audio tapes.
“Thirty days since the Goa audio tapes on Rafale were released. No FIR or enquiry ordered. No action against (Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane) either,” said Gandhi.
“It’s obvious that the tapes are authentic and that Goa CM Parrikar is in possession of explosive Rafale secrets that give him power over the PM (Prime Minister),” he tweeted.
The Congress has alleged that former defence minister Parrikar had managed to hold onto the CM’s chair despite ailment since last year as he was in possession of “some Rafale files”.
The Congress has alleged irregularities in the deal for 36 aircraft and claimed that the Narendra Modi government is buying them at a price much higher than the one that was being negotiated by the previous government.
Rahul Gandhi has also been accusing prime Minister of favouring Anil Ambani’s firm in the deal.