Rafale deal: BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi, calls him irresponsible
New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Tuesday slammed Rahul Gandhi over his latest allegation on Narendra Modi for his alleged involvement in the Rafale deal. The saffron party said that the Congress President crossed all limits of shamelessness and irresponsibility by showcasing an email that is not even related to the purchase of fighter jets. The party claimed that the shown email is about some chopper deal.
Senior party leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also put Airbus, whose internal e-mail was cited by the Congress president, in a dock, saying the European aircraft manufacturer is under a needle of suspicion in deals finalised during the previous Congress-led government.
The reaction from BJP came hours after Rahul Gandhi made fresh allegations on PM Modi of acting as a middleman for Anil Ambani in the Rafale Jet Plane.
Gandhi released to the media an email dated March 28, 2015 purportedly written by Airbus executive Nicolas Chamussy to three recipients with the subject line “Ambani”.
He claimed the email showed Ambani visited then French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s office and mentioned an “MoU in preparation and the intention to sign during the PM visit (to France)”.
“This is now treason, nothing less. Mr Narendra Modi is doing what spies do. He is informing somebody of defence matters, he is under oath to protect these secrets.
“He has now given this secret to Mr Anil Ambani who knows that the biggest defence deal in the world is going to him 10 days before the deal…This itself is criminal, this itself will put the prime minister in jail,” the Congress chief said.