Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that ailing Goa Chief Minister and former defence Manohar Parrikar had clearly stated that he had nothing to do with the “new deal” on Rafale jets. Attacking PM Narendra Modi, Gandhi alleged that the new deal on the acquisition of the fighter jets was “orchestrated” by the Prime Minister in order to “benefit” businessman Anil Ambani.
His statement, made at a public rally in Kochi, came hours after he paid a visit to Parrikar, who has been unwell since last year owing to a severe pancreatic ailment, at his office in Panaji. Gandhi had later stated that it was meant to be a “personal visit” to the Goa Chief Minister. However, he did not specify if the two had discussed the Rafale deal issue during the meeting. Amid Rafale tussle, Rahul Gandhi meets Goa CM Manohar Parrikar in Panaji; calls it ‘personal visit’
While speaking to booth-level party workers in Kerala’s Kochi on Tuesday, Gandhi said, “Friends, the ex-defence minister Mr Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani.”
Source – TN