Rahul Gandhi must apologise for ‘shameful’ statements on Rafale deal: BJP

The BJP on Thursday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to apologise for his “shameful” statements about the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the Supreme Court’s judgment had absolved the government.

Addressing a press conference, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the verdict “is a recognition of the honest decision-making process of the Narendra Modi government. The Congress party must apologise and Rahul Gandhi, in particular, must apologise to the country.”

“Raising false allegations on the Rafale deal was the lowest point of political discourse that he stooped to the shameful extent of misquoting the supreme court deliberately,” Prasad said.

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The Supreme Court’s order on the Rafale deal was a victory of the country’s national security, he said. “People having saga of corruption from Jeep scandal to Bofors to Submarine to AugustaWestland were undertaking a political programme masquerading at the quest of justice.

Targetting the Gandhi family, he said that those who have a “saga of corruption”, including the Bofors and AugustaWestland cases, were “masquerading” in the quest for justice.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the review petitions against its verdict in the Rafale deal on grounds that they lacked merit, reiterating its clean chit to the Modi government in the fighter jet agreement with French firm Dassault Aviation.

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The top court also closed the contempt plea against Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark in the Rafale case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The court said the remarks made by Gandhi were far from true and he should have refrained from those and could have been careful.

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