Reactions to Rafale verdict | SC order ‘exposed lies’ of Congress: Assam CM

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal  

Alleged corruption in the defence contract could only be brought out by a joint parliamentary committee, says Congress

 

 

SC order ‘exposed lies’ of Congress: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal welcomed the Supreme Court decision rejecting pleas seeking lodging of an FIR and a court-monitored probe into the Rafale aircraft deal, saying the order “exposed the lies” of the Congress.

Mr. Sonowal also said the apex court had put its “stamp of approval” on the agreement between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets, which are crucial for India’s defence strategy.

“The decision of the Supreme Court has exposed the lies of the Congress. The Opposition party is only trying to mislead the nation just by spreading the canard,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

- PTI

 

Joint parliamentary committee probe will bring the truth out, says CPI

The Communist Party of India (CPI) said a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal will bring the truth out.

“Parliament is supreme in our democracy. All Opposition parties have been demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal. Why cannot the government agree on a JPC probe? After all, the issue is related to the country’s security. Let there be a JPC probe and the truth will come out,” D. Raja, national secretary of the CPI, said. “I don’t know how the Supreme Court can come to such a conclusion.”

CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy said the Supreme Court order was not a clean chit to the government. “Technical knowhow may be confidential, but the price paid by the government is taxpayers’ money. Taxpayers have the right to know what was the price paid by the government.”

- PTI

 

PAC did not get report on Rafale deal: Congress

"Our basic question is how the price of each aircraft has gone up to ₹1,600 crore from ₹526 crore," said Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

In its judgement, the court said CAG report on the Rafale deal had been given to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said the Congress. However, PAC had not received the report

- PTI

 

Why fear parliamentary panel probe if conscience is clean, NCP asks govt

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said the Modi government should not fear a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Rafale issue if its conscience was clean.

“Honourable Supreme Court is correct in not interfering on the pricing decision of #Rafale. If the Modi government is clean in conscience, why fear a Joint Parliamentary Committee? What are they hiding? #RafaleDeal #RafaleVerdict,” Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter.

- PTI

 

Disrupters have lost on all counts, says Jaitley

In the wake of the Supreme Court dismissing the pleas challenging the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets, Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitley dubbed the allegations on the Rafale jet deal as “fiction writing” that compromised national security.

In an apparent attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who has been alleging corruption in the purchase of the fighter jets, Mr. Jaitley said at a press conference that “disrupters” have lost on all counts and those who manufactured falsehood compromised the security of the country.

Falsehood was bound to fall apart and it had, Mr. Jaitley said, adding that if honest deals were questioned, then civil servants and armed forces would think twice before undertaking such a process in future.

Mr. Jaitley said every figure cited by Mr. Gandhi in his allegations had been false. The government would again press for a debate on the issue in Parliament. He claimed that there had been a tradition in democracies across the world of leaders quitting their positions when their lies are caught.

Charges put to rest through court order: Nirmala

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed the press conference along with Mr. Jaitley, said the matter of Rafale deal had been put to rest through the apex court’s order.

 

Truth always triumphs, states Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah at a press conference on the Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal in New Delhi, on Friday, December 14, 2018.

BJP president Amit Shah at a press conference on the Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal in New Delhi, on Friday, December 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

 

The Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal “exposes” the campaign of misinformation headed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi against the government, BJP president Amit Shah said while asserting that the “truth always triumphs.”

In a series of tweets, Mr. Shah said the court didn’t find anything wrong with the process nor did it find any commercial favouritism in the deal. “On the contrary, the SC held that govt had no role in selecting offset partners & found no merit in the demand for a probe based on mere perception of individuals.”

“Truth always triumphs! Court’s judgment on the Rafale deal exposes the campaign of misinformation spearheaded by Congress President for political gains,” he added.

The court verdict raised obvious questions on the motive of those working to discredit the deal, which is important for India, he asserted. - PTI

 

Mayawati for basic reforms in defence purchases

BSP president Mayawati called for fundamental reforms in all defence related procurements in order to address the doubts and common perception over such issues.

“But it is essential that fundamental reforms need to be evolved in all defence related deals in order to address the doubts and perceptions among the common people,” she said in a statement.

Asserting that allegations of corruption have been levelled against both the Congress and the BJP in defence deals raising doubts of the public, she said that both the parties were alike as Congress government had faced the allegations in Bofors and BJP government in the Rafale deal.

“The BSP believes that in the larger interest of the country, the Central government needs to take the main Opposition parties, besides its supporting parties, in confidence and chalk out a transparent and long-term policy in matters relating to defence and other security related procurement and its honest implementation,” she said.

“This will help that no such allegations are raised which could harm the image of the parties and the nation and such matters are not dragged to the courts,” she added. - PTI

 

Congress reiterates need for probe by House panel

The Congress had stated that the Rafale issue cannot be decided by the Supreme Court, and the alleged corruption in the defence contract could only be brought out by a joint parliamentary committee after examining the files and notings in the contract, chief spokesperson of the party Randeep Surjewala said

“The verdict of the Supreme Court is a validation of what the Congress stated months ago that the Supreme Court is not the forum to decide such sensitive defence contracts,” he told reporters.

Mr. Surjewala said the only forum that could probe ''corruption'' in the Rafale contract after examining the pricing process and sovereign guarantee is a joint parliamentary committee.

“If they have nothing to hide, I challenge Modi ji and his government to submit to a probe by a joint parliamentary committee, which will question and go into the corruption in the defence deal,” he said.

“We again challenge the Prime Minister for a joint parliamentary committee probe to unveil every layer of corruption in the deal,” he said, alleging that corruption had been “guided by the highest echelons of power.”

The Congress leader also alleged that the government gave a “one-sided half-baked information to the Supreme Court which has not been scrutinised by anyone.” - PTI

 

Not a setback, asserts Jyotiraditya Scindia 

The Supreme Court order is not a setback as the issue is still live in the “people’s court” and the Congress will continue to raise it in Parliament, party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has said.

“The apex court order is not a setback as the Rafale deal is still an issue in the people’s court. And the party will continue to raise the issue in the Parliament,” Mr. Scindia told reporters.

 

Rajnath seeks Rahul's apology on floor of House

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accused Mr. Rahul Gandhi of misleading the country for political gains. The Congress chief should apologise on the floor of the Lok Sabha, he said.

Amid protests by Congress members in the House demanding a joint parliamentary committee to probe the deal, Mr. Singh said, “Rahul Gandhi should apologise on the floor of the House for misleading the country on the Rafale jet deal issue for political gains.”

Mr. Singh said Mr. Gandhi’s political campaign had maligned the country’s image internationally. The Congress itself was facing grave allegations of graft and their ministers have been sent to jail over corruption charges.

“They know that they have drowned, so they want to take us along [Woh chahate hain ke hum toh dube hain sanam, tumhe bhi le doobenge],” the Minister said.

The Supreme Court observed that the deal was a financial advantage to the nation, he pointed out. - PTI

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