Rahul Gandhi, today reminded BJP leader and Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley that the deadline for the Minister to organise a joint parliamentary committee to look into the matter of Rafale deal. The ‘deadline’ itself was issued by Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday via a tweet which read,
“Mr. Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!”
He followed the tweet up with another response today,
“Dear Mr. Jaitley, Less than 6 hrs left for your deadline on the #Rafale JPC to run out. Young India is waiting. I hope you’re busy convincing Modi Ji and Anil Ambani Ji about why they should listen to you & approve this!”
In the meantime, the youth wing of the INC has started an online initiative calling for protests against what the party has dubbed as the ‘Rafale Scam’. The Congress had planned to organise a protest march in Delhi. Beginning from the party’s headquarters on Akbar road till the official residence and principal workplace of the prime minister, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the protests were supposed to be carried out against the scam being criticised by the option.
The war of words between the Congress and the BJP over the Rafale deal has intensified with both parties attacking each other. On August 29th, Jaitley had accused the Congress of “peddling untruth” on the Rafale aircraft deal, saying that the “false campaign” by the opposition party. Rahul Gandhi was also accused of ‘seriously compromising’ national security. Congress leader Manish Tewari, at the AICC briefing, said that the government should be ready to face the JPC probe upon the establishment if they have not done anything wrong, the investigation is necessary for the confirmation.
“We have been constantly demanding that a JPC should be constituted to go into the Rafale matter. If the government has nothing to hide… why are they afraid of facing a JPC probe,” he said.