...You’re ly­ing, says BJP

Says he comes from fam­ily of ‘mid­dle­men’

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NEW DELHI: Re­ject­ing Rahul Gandhi's al­le­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion against Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in the Rafale deal, the BJP on Thurs­day ac­cused the Congress chief of “ly­ing through his teeth shame­lessly” and in­dulging in “pol­i­tics of mis­in­for­ma­tion” to build his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Re­peat­edly call­ing Gandhi a “clown prince”, the BJP spokesper­son Sam­bit Pa­tra at a press con­fer­ence also al­leged the Congress leader comes from “a fam­ily of mid­dle­men” and his fa­ther and former prime min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi was “of­fi­cially a mid­dle­man” in a de­fence deal.

The Gandhi fam­ily had made money from ev­ery de­fence deal till 2014, Pa­tra al­leged, claim­ing that Rahul Gandhi has not been able to come out of that mind­set.

Pa­tra was talk­ing to jour­nal­ists hours af­ter the Congress pres­i­dent ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence where he de­manded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into prime min­is­ter Modi's role in the Rafale deal, al­leg­ing that he was a “cor­rupt man” who helped Anil Am­bani pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the pur­chase of 36 air­craft.

Re­ject­ing the al­le­ga­tions, Pa­tra said the BJP stands with the truth and ac­cused Gandhi of mak­ing a mock­ery of na­tional se­cu­rity. He also said the In­dian Air Chief has re­cently de­scribed the pur­chase of the fighter air­craft as a “game-changer”.

Pa­tra also read out from a state­ment of Das­sault Avi­a­tion, man­u­fac­turer of Rafale fighter air­craft, to claim that Gandhi in­serted “Re­liance” de­lib­er­ately where the firm has spo­ken about its com­mit­ment to off­set pur­chase from In­dia.

The BJP leader fur­ther said the Supreme Court has also dis­missed a PIL (pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion) that had ques­tioned the air­craft's price and sought the deal can­celled.

He said the peo­ple will de­cide whether to be­lieve Gandhi or the Supreme Court and the Air Force Chief.

“Peo­ple of this coun­try do not want a clown prince to play with the na­tional se­cu­rity. His press con­fer­ence was full of lies and de­cep­tion which he is us­ing to build his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. This will not hap­pen,” he said.

Re­act­ing sharply to the Congress pres­i­dent's al­le­ga­tion that Modi acted like a “chowki­dar” of Anil Am­bani, the BJP leader asked whether former prime min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi was a prime min­is­ter only for Ot­tavio Qu­at­troc­chi, an ac­cused in the Bo­fors case.

Pa­tra ac­cused the Congress leader of “ly­ing through his teeth shame­lessly” in wrongly quot­ing former French pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande as re­fer­ring Modi as cor­rupt.

Gandhi had ear­lier also quoted French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron as hav­ing told him that the air­craft's pric­ing was not part of the se­crecy clause, and the French gov­ern­ment later de­nied it, Pa­tra said.

“He (Gandhi) still has the au­dac­ity to hold a press con­fer­ence and lie through his teeth. This is shame­less­ness,” the BJP spokesper­son said.

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