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Rafale deal: BJP slams Rahul for attack on PM

Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference in New Delhi. File

Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Ravi Shankar Prasad said Reliance and Dassault had entered into agreement as early as 2012 when UPA was in power.

The BJP on Saturday condemned as “shameful and irresponsible” Congress chief Rahul Gandhi remarks against Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, saying no president of any party has ever used such language against a prime minister.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at Mr. Gandhi after the Congress president alleged that there was “clear-cut” corruption in the Rafale deal and asked the Prime Minister to clear his position on the issue.

 

He also ruled out a joint parliamentary committee probe saying it cannot be done to satisfy the ego of an “ill-informed leader”.

Mr. Prasad accused Mr. Gandhi of “playing into the hands of Pakistan and China” by seeking the details of the Rafale fighter jets.

He also alleged that there was pressure for extraneous considerations and “bribe” for not finalising the Rafale deal during the UPA rule despite holding negotiations for years.

He said Reliance and Dassault had entered into agreement as early as 2012 when UPA was in power.

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