Rafale, Nirav reasons for impasse: Rahul

The only reason why the parliament is disrupted is that the government doesn't want discussions on the Rafale deal and the PNB fraud, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said.

"We want a discussion to happen on Nirav Modi and Rafale deal. But the government doesn't want that to happen. That is causing disruptions in the parliament," Rahul said here.

He claimed yet again that the Rs 11,400-crore loan defaulters Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Both Houses of Parliament were, on Friday, adjourned sine die, with unabated protests virtually washing out a tumultuous Budget Session that saw a total of nearly 250 working hours wasted.

Merely 5 of 19 starred questions were replied to orally by ministers in the Rajya Sabha, while 17 of the 580 such questions were answered in the Lok Sabha during the 29 sittings.

Rahul has been attacking Modi for what he claims is a close proximity between Choksi and Nirav. He, along with other Opposition parties, have also been attacking the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal, which they have been calling a scam.

On Saturday, issuing a "Modi Scam Alert!", Rahul tweeted, "$15 billion fighter jet deal re-tendered. Prime Minister's friend's race to tie up strategic partners. RAFALE, (Rs) 40,000 crore loss to the exchequer was "Sayonara" (bye bye in Japenese) money to French, so Prime Minister could re-tender contract and favour friends".

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