Rahul liar, Dassault confirms that: BJP
Piyush Goyal calls Cong chief a ‘serial liar’
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.