Adityanath dares Rahul Gandhi on defence deals debate

Adityanath dares Rahul Gandhi on defence deals debate

Yogi Adityanath in Guwahati on Monday. Photo credit Manash Das

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday dared the Congress and Rahul Gandhi for a debate in Parliament on defence deals under its rule while asserting that the NDA is ready for the same regarding Rafale.

"We are ready for a debate on Rafale in Parliament as there was no ill-practice in the process of its procurement. It was transparent and without any middleman unlike those done under the Congress like Augusta Westland helicopter deal. But the Congress is shying away from a debate in Parliament as it will not only expose its lies on Rafale but will lay bare the corruption committed in the procurement of the Augusta Westland choppers under UPA," Adityanath said here while addressing a press conference.

He was here as part of BJP's country-wide press conferences to mount pressure on the Congress following the Supreme Court's recent order quashing PILs seeking a probe into the deal under the Narendra Modi government for procurement of Rafale fighter aircraft.

"The Supreme Court's order that there is no need of a probe in Rafale deal exposed Congress and Rahul Gandhi's lies. Rahul Gandhi should seek an apology from the people for his lies and he should step down as Congress president on moral ground. But we can't expect such morality from him. He should at least accept the apex court's verdict and show respect to our democratic institution like the Supreme Court," Adityanath said.

"Rahul Gandhi is not willing to accept the Supreme Court verdict and this is nothing but contempt of the apex court," he said.

The firebrand BJP leader said Indian Air Force had proposed Rafale fighter jets in 2007 but the UPA government did not fulfil it as it was not interested to secure the country's safety and security.

"The Congress did not buy modern fighter jets even as our adversaries had procured fourth and fifth generation fighters. Maybe they did not act on it as they were waiting for middlemen," he said.