PM lying on Rafale & demonetisation, helping friends to turn black money into white: Rahul Gandhi 

Congress president in yet another scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, reiterated demand for a JPC to probe the ‘Rafale Robbery’ and hit out at the scam of Demonetisation

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Hours after Youth Congress workers marched to the Prime Minister’s residence to protest against the Rafale scam, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday afternoon reiterated his demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe what he described as the great ‘Rafale Robbery’.

“Rafale is a clear-cut case. Anil Ambani never made aircraft. He is under ₹45000 crore loan and opened a company just a few days before Rafale deal. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been making aircraft for past 70 years. An aircraft that was for ₹520 Cr was bought for ₹1600 Cr, why?” news agencies quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.

The day after the Reserve Bank of India acknowledged the failure of Demonetisation and admitted that over 99% of the currency in circulation that was denotified had returned to the banking system, the Congress president described Demonetisation as a scam designed to help 15 or 20 crony capitalists.

He sarcastically added that the Prime Minister need not apologise to the nation for Demonetisation. “You apologise when you make a mistake but Demonetisation was not a mistake; it was a deliberate measure to help the PM’s cronies,” he declared. PM Modi’s friends had turned their black money into white during Demonetisation, he added.

What the Prime Minister did had not been done ever in the last 70 years and he managed to have the economy devastated, he alleged.

Undeterred by the ‘cease and desist’ notice issued by Anil Ambani, the Congress president named the industrialist and pointed out that the industrialist owed ₹45,000 crore in debt and reiterated that the Prime Minister had inked the Rafale deal to bail him out
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, along with Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Gehlot, Motilal Vohra during the press conference

Undeterred by the ‘cease and desist’ notice issued by Anil Ambani, the Congress president named the industrialist and pointed out that the industrialist owed ₹45,000 crore in debt and reiterated that the Prime Minister had inked the Rafale deal to bail him out.

The aggressive Congress president appeared unfazed even after the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank with BJP President Amit Shah as one of its directors filed a defamation case against him last week. He referred to the cooperative bank depositing ₹750 Crore of denotified currency in just five days after Demonetisation. “ It cannot be called a ‘jumla’ because it is a full blown scam, he suggested.

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Published: 30 Aug 2018, 6:36 PM
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