Rahul liar, Das­sault con­firms that: BJP

Piyush Goyal calls Cong chief a ‘se­rial liar’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­dia.net

New Delhi: Equipped with the lat­est state­ment by Das­sault Avi­a­tion CEO Eric Trap­pier that the joint ven­ture with Re­liance rep­re­sents only 10 per cent of the off­set obli­ga­tions in the Rafale deal, the BJP stepped up its at­tack on the Congress on Fri­day.

Trap­pier’s state­ment came a day af­ter De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man landed in France to hold talks with her coun­ter­part Florence Parly to find ways to deepen strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Congress has been al­leg­ing that 50 per cent of the Rs 58,000-crore deal, which is Rs 29,000 crore will go to Anil Am­bani’s Re­liance De­fence.

Launch­ing his at­tack, Union Rail­ways Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal sin­gled out Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi de­scrib­ing him as a “se­rial liar” who twisted the nar­ra­tive to hide the fact that his party is an is­sue­less party.

Rub­bish­ing Congress’ al­le­ga­tions, Goyal said Rahul Gandhi was ped­dling lies af­ter lies as the Congress has no other op­tion but to some­how tar­nish the Modi govern­ment that has done good work for the coun­try’s devel­op­ment.

“We have a gen­tle­man

man­u­fac­tur­ing fake news and then try­ing to spread it... The Congress is an is­sue­less party, their lead­er­ship can­not un­der­stand basic fig­ures, basic ele­men­tary facts,” said Goyal.

As­sert­ing that Das­sault Avi­a­tion CEO has con­firmed choos­ing a par­tic­u­lar com­pany of their own vo­li­tion with which their dis­cus­sions and con­tracts have been per­sist­ing since 2012, Goyal ac­cused the Congress of try­ing to de­flect at­ten­tion from its own mis­deeds of con­ceal­ing

the trans­ac­tion ear­lier.

He al­leged that the French side was not will­ing to give busi­ness to San­jay Bhan­dari, a close as­so­ciate of the Congress’ first fam­ily.

“One won­ders who this gen­tle­man is. What are his re­la­tions with the Congress’ first fam­ily. What are the an­gu­lar­i­ties due to which the Congress de­cided to com­pro­mise na­tional se­cu­rity to drop the pro­cure­ment be­cause an as­so­ciate of their fam­ily was not be­ing en­ter­tained,” he said.

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