Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party of repeatedly "spreading falsehood and lies" over the Rafale deal and called him a "serial liar".
Addressing a press conference here, he said, "We have of late been experiencing the activities of a serial liar. Only an issue-less man can repeat a lie again and again. Even if a lie is repeated 100 times, it can never substitute the truth,'' said Goyal.
''The government negotiated terms which are far better than what was agreed by UPA. We have gotten faster delivery, longer maintenance tenure, better availability of spare parts and much-needed defence capabilities,'' he added.
Goyal's remarks came in the wake of Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier saying that the company`s joint venture with Reliance in Nagpur represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France and it was in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies to meet the requirements under the Defence Procurement Procedure of the Indian government.
He said the Congressmen were possibly trying to hide their own misdemeanours of 2012 when under the pressure of the first family (Gandhi family) they cancelled important negotiations over the deal to benefit their associates and compromised national security.
Referring to Trappier`s comments, the BJP leader said that he has categorically confirmed that since the "implementation of offset was an obligation under the Indian regulation" also drafted under the UPA, they themselves choose the partners to implement the offsets".
"The CEO has confirmed that of their volition and choice they chose a particular company with which their discussions and contracts are persisting since 2012," he said.
Goyal's remarks came in the wake of Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier saying that the company`s joint venture with Reliance in Nagpur represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal