A debate in the Parliament and then a press conference later, Rahul Gandhi contributed to the political dialogue of the country's political landscape by attacking the government the whole day on Wednesday over Rafale deal through Twitter. Then he put four questions to PM Modi on twitter. Throughout the day, he kept on challenging the PM to answer the four questions on the deal which involved the number of aircraft, pricing, claims of defence ministry objections and what the party called patronage.
The Congress chief said that PM Modi does not have “guts” to answer these questions. He challenged him for a 20-minute one-on-one debate on the issue. But the tweet, in which he put up the questions, appeared to be missing on something. When people noticed, they called it an anomaly. Among the first to hit out was Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In the tweet, 3rd question was missing. Then hours later, he tweeted again and put the third question and explained why it was withheld.
Mr. Gandhi had targeted Ms Sitharaman during the debate in Lok Sabha; he accused her for hiding behind the protesting AIADMK. The Union minister Arun Jaitley, in a sharp counter-attack, ripped apart his arguments. Ms. Sitharaman is expected to reply to his arguments on Thursday. The Congress, on this whole issue, argues that the deal was finalized at exorbitant prices to benefit Anil Ambani. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence, despite lacking experience, was recommended for being an offset partner for Dassault, the company which manufacturing the aircrafts. Though, both the government and Dassault have denied the allegations.
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