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More blatant lies on the Rafale deal by the Congress are eroding the party's own credibility!
When one becomes desperate, he forgets common sense and trusts on anything without verifying the facts and start leveling allegations at others. This always results in embarrassment and in certain cases loss of credibility too occurs. Apart from that people also start questioning the motive behind such meritless accusations and blatant lies. The same is happening with Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress party.

In a desperate attempt to make a Bofors out of the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi started alleging corruption in the deal. But his alibies like the present and former French Presidents have rebutted his claims. By then various media platforms had already reported how the NDA deal was better and cheaper than the earlier price under finalized by the UPA. A compilation of all the facts obtained from media reports was presented by me in my article 'Rafale facts expose the Congress lies' published in this platform on 16th October 2018.

Subsequently, the Supreme Court of India too rejected a CBI inquiry observing that there's neither procedural fault, nor any wrong doing in the pricing and there's no favoritism in selection of the Indian offset partner. Then during a Parliament debate defence minister too elaborated on many details (withholding issues related to national security which even the SC recognizes) in the Rafale deal.

Now suddenly 'The Hindu' has published a doctored (or cropped up note) which seemed to indicate that the Defence department was annoyed with the PMO's intervention in the pricing. Rahul Gandhi suddenly called a press conference and claimed that the PM had directly negotiated the price to favour Anil Ambani. In just a couple of hours the original note became available in the media which included the then defence minister's note that both Indian and French government were monitoring the matter as it's a Government to Government deal and para-5 accusing of parallel parley is a mere overreaction. Then the head of the pricing negotiation team came out and clarified that the PMO had never had been involved in the price negotiation and the complaining officer too also wasn't part of pricing negotiation. Then defence secretary also came out and refused the Congress' allegation.

That's why the Congress' spokesperson remained on the back-foot as their 'solid information' proved to be a concocted document. Some indulged in meritless cacophony but their body language told that they were completely embarrassed. Today many newspapers have put the issue in headlines citing Congress' misadventure with a forged/cropped/doctored note. In the morning, initially, Rahul Gandhi was to address a press conference but at the last moment it was cancelled.

The point is even if the PMO or the PM monitored a negotiation or deal, what's wrong with it? The Indian Constitution provides collective accountability. Thus, the PM as the head of the government has all the authority and obligation to know or intervene in government deals. In UPA era the NAC under chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi had interfered in every matter of the government. The NAC is not a Constitutional body yet Sonia Gandhi utilised her clout which is unconstitutional. But if the PM intervenes then it's not unconstitutional but rather very much required as he will be collectively accountable for each and every act.

In the meantime many on social media have been asking, what the price of a Rafale jet is in Qatar? A comparison clearly tells that it's almost the same price that was negotiated by the Modi government. In fact it's also out in the media that France pays the same price as India for inducting Rafale jets into the French Air Force.

Now the question is why the Congress is trying to stall the Rafale deal?

Well I am not sure. Whatever coming in the media is really disturbing. For example, during a raid on Robert Vadra's close aide Sanjay Bhandari, documents of lobbying against the Rafale deal were ceased. In fact, Sanjay Bhandari's company OIS Infrastructure wanted to get a backdoor entry into the Rafale deal. Dassault refused Sanjay Bhandari's offer because of forged documents. Then Augusta Westland ceased documents revealed that Christian Michel was lobbying against the Rafale deal to favour Germany's Eurofighter. There also allegations that some companies from America and Europe are trying to stall the Rafale deal so that they can get this multi-billion dollar deal. All these are linked to the UPA not finalising the Rafale deal. It's also said that the UPA didn't finalise the deal due to kickbacks related issues.

But why is the Congress pressing for revelation of detailed features' costs? Will it not help our enemies?

Desperation for power is alright but at what cost? Do you want to become a puppet of rival business lobbies or a soft target of enemy nations? I think that the Congress needs to introspect before it again starts Rafale humming.

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