In a debate rebuttal to Congress's charges on the Rafale deal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister accused Congress of spreading lies on the issue. She said that while the Bofors scam brought the party down but Rafale will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power.
She also said that Rafale is not scam while Bofors was a scam. Bofors brought the Congress down. Sitharaman, the first full-time woman defense minister of India, said that Rafale will bring Modi back to power to have a new and transforming India and remove corruption which is stinking around the Congress. She rejected all the charges of corruption while saying that, Defence Ministry has been functioning without middlemen during five years of PM Modi. She asserted that Rafale is a decision in the national interest. She also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi, she said that Rahul Gandhi accused Modi of lying on the deal and alleged that the procurement procedure for 126 Rafale negotiated under the UPA government did not fructify as it didn't suit Congress and it didn't get the money. she also said that that there is no one has a right to accuse her or the PM Modi to call them a thief and a liar.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded the presence of the prime minister. He said that he should come to the House and address the issue. However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected his demand saying "she will reply".
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