File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Bhartiya Janata Party on Monday over the Rafale aircraft deal between India and France.
While addressing a rally in Karnataka's Bidar district, Gandhi reiterated that the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has lied to the nation about the deal. He further added that the French President has also denied her claims.
Gandhi said, "Nirmala Sitharaman Ji has lied to the youth of the nation. She said India and France have a secret pact and so they can't reveal the price of Rafale aircraft. I asked France President if this is true and he denied".
Gandhi further challenged the prime minister for debating with him over the Rafale deal.
Rahul said, "....Let a debate happen between me and Narendra Modi on Rafael deal... I will speak at length for hours," Gandhi said at "Jana Dwani" (people's voice) rally organised by the state Congress.
He also targetted the prime minister saying that PM Modi was not the prime minister of the country but of 15 "super-rich businessmen".
He said, "I challenge PM Modi from this stage. Karnataka government waived off loans of farmers. I challenge you (centre) to provide 50% of the farm loan waived in Karnataka. If you have 56-inch chest, I dare you to do this. But you won't do this".
India had inked an inter-governmental agreement with France in September last year for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.
2 crore yuvaon ko rozgaar dene ki baat ki. Aur ab kehte hain, pakode banao, hum aapko gas nahi denge, gas bhi aapko naale mein se nikal kar cooker me daalni padegi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Bidar. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/k8GP8ZbYXv— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2018
(With inputs from agencies)