The fresh controversy cropped up after Rahul cited media reports which claimed that the CAG had submitted its performance audit on defence offset contracts to the Centre with no mention of any offset deals related to the purchase of Rafale fighters.
“Money was stolen from the Indian exchequer in Rafale,” Rahul tweeted while quoting Mahatma Gandhi: “Truth is one, paths are many.”
Money was stolen from the Indian exchequer in Rafale.“Truth is one, paths are many.”Mahatma Gandhihttps://t.co/giInNz3nx7
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1598070603000
In a sharp reaction to the Congress member’s comments, railway minister Piyush Goyal claimed that people within Congress feel that Gandhi was obsessed with the Rafale deal to wash off his father’s “sins”.
“Many of @RahulGandhi’s Congress colleagues confide in private that Rahul’s obsession with Rafale to wash off his father’s sins is damaging the party. But if someone is wanting to self-destruct, who are we to complain? We invite him to fight 2024 elections on Rafale,” Goyal tweeted.
Many of @RahulGandhi’s Congress colleagues confide in private that Rahul’s obsession with Rafale to wash off his fa… https://t.co/PmezmNc6f8
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 1598088394000
Meanwhile, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the CAG report on defence offset performance will be tabled in the next session of Parliament.
“The C&AG Report No 20 of 2019… Defence Offset Performance was scheduled to be tabled in Parliament during the budget session (2020). The session ended, before date, due to Covid. Now the report will be placed in the next session. The contents will be known only after that,” Sitharaman said in a series of tweets.
The first Rafale was handed over to India in October 2019. There is a year-wise phasing of how much offset obligati… https://t.co/NoSWNnFsHD
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) 1598092074000
Rahul continues to take up the Rafale deal even after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the government in the purchase of the fighter jets. The deal was part of Congress’ campaign in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
India has already received the first set of five Rafales from France in July this year.