Cong moves privilege motion against Modi, Sitharaman

Cong moves privilege motion against Modi, Sitharaman
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New Delhi, July 24: The Congress on July 24 gave a breach of privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for “misleading” the House on Rafale deal.
The Congress had called the deal a “scam” and contested the claim that the 2008 inter-governmental agreement between India and France, signed during the UPA regime, does not allow the Government of India to reveal the commercial value of the deal.
A formal motion was moved by the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The final decision on admitting the motion rests with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
The Congress move would be seen as a counter to the BJP having already moved a privilege motion against its chief Rahul Gandhi for making “unsubstantiated allegations” against the Prime Minister and the Minister in his speech during the no-confidence motion debate on July 20.
Earlier, former Defence Minister A.K. Antony, along with deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma and party communications in charge Randeep Surjewala, asserted at a press conference that revealing the commercial value of the deal was not covered under any secrecy clause.
(Agencies)