New Delhi, February 13: Union minister Arun Jaitley has said that the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Rafale deal has vindicated the Narendra Modi government’s stand on the defence agreement. He targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi accusing him of “manufacturing a lie every day” over Rafale deal.
“The CAG report has completely vindicated stand of NDA government. It has blasted the big lie which was being spearheaded by the Congress. The Congress president had manufactured a statistic 500 versus 1600, data which doesn’t exist anywhere. He repeated that lie ad nauseam,” said Jaitley.
The Congress has alleged that the Rafale deal signed under the Modi government was costlier than the one being negotiated by the UPA regime. Gandhi has led the opposition’s attack on the Modi government in his bid to make it a major poll plank in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Jaitley also dismissed the Congress’s objection to the CAG report prepared under Rajiv Mehrishi saying, “No file related to the Rafale deal ever went to him when he was the finance secretary.” The Congress has maintained that Mehrishi was part of the team that took decision on finalising the cost of Rafale deal in 2015-16.
“On manufactured data, Gandhi repeated a lie…on many occasions,” said Jaitley adding that after the Supreme Court “saw” and “examined” the documents, the controversy should have come to an end.
With the Lok Sabha elections only months away, the Modi government has been under immense pressure in the view of attack by Gandhi over the Rafale deal. Refuting the charge of irregularities and wrong doing on the part of the government, Jaitley said, “People of the country have to punish those who have misled the country by manufacturing lies.”
He said, “The Supreme Court has satisfied itself, the CAG has satisfied itself, the government stands vindicated. The matter doesn’t finish here. The people have to punish those who misled the country.” (Courtesy: HT)