NEW DELHI: A day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Narendra Modi over a defence ministry note cited in a media report expressing strong objections to the “parallel” negotiations by the PMO in the Rafale jet deal, the BJP hit back at him for “peddling lies after lies.”

Countering the “lies” with “facts”, the BJP shared a list of 10 “lies” and said, “It’s difficult to track all his lies, but we’ve tried to track major lies peddled by him on #Rafale.”

The BJP accused the Congress president of “twisting” some report which appeared in a French media house saying that making Reliance an offsets partner was a tradeoff for Dassault to secure the deal with India. The party said, “Both Supreme Court & Dassault CEO said Indian govt had nothing to do with choosing of offsets partners.”

Accusing Rahul Gandhi of trying to create a false impression that the Supreme Court has found grave irregularities with the deal the BJP slammed him for indulging in third-grade level propaganda on a sub judice matter. “The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions filed by Congress proxies and held government has done no wrong,” the tweet read.

The BJP also accused the Congress president of quoting multiple numbers at multiple places for the supposed price of aircraft in UPA deal. In Parliament, he quoted the price as Rs 520 crore, in Karnataka Rs 526 crore, Rajasthan Rs 540 crore and in Delhi Rs 700 crore. “He deserves Nobel for lying,” the BJP said.

Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi and his “partner in crime” newspaper, the BJP said that if they had faith in their “discovery”, they should’ve ideally wanted to approach the SC with these “discoveries.” “But they know they won’t stand a chance. Even now, we challenge liar to approach SC with his new ‘evidence’,” the BJP tweeted.

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi had demanded answers to questions raised in the media report, saying it is now “crystal clear” that the “watchman” is the “thief”, an apparent reference to PM Modi’s alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal.

Rahul’s offensive drew a counter-attack from Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the media report on the internal note in the ministry of defence(MoD) dated November 24, 2015, as “flogging a dead horse” and alleged that the opposition was playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests.

(With agency inputs)





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