Congress President Rahul Gandhi will meet the party’s core group on Thursday to discuss the Rafale fighters jets deal between India and France.
Reportedly, the grand old party will discuss strategy to mount its attack on the Narendra Modi government over what they term as the ‘Rafale scam’ or the ‘Great Rafale Robbery.’
War of words is already ongoing between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the same.
On August 28, Congress released a video on its official Twitter handle explaining ‘what really is the Rafale deal about?’ In response to it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claims that the Congress’ claims on pricing and procedure were false and posed 15 questions to Rahul Gandhi to respond to.
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Hitting back, Gandhi took to Twitter and said that the government should agree to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe.
“Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!” Gandhi tweeted.
Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 29, 2018
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also raised pertinent questions at a press briefing held over the Rafale issue.
He also said that the party has been consistently demanding for a JPC probe.
“If the government has nothing to hide; if the Finance Minister or the Prime Minister feels that everything is above board, why are they scared of facing a JPC? A JPC should be constituted and all questions which the Finance Minister raised, which primarily were a smokescreen to obfuscate the issue, will be absolutely blown out of water,” Tewari said.
“Why is the government – if it has all the facts; if it is transparent – shying away from placing the figures before the country?” he added.
It is believed that post the meeting some members of the Core group may join a protest march by the party’s youth wing, Indian Youth Congress (IYC), from the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters here to the Prime Minister’s residence against the Rafale scam.