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SC verdict on Rafale deal: From #ChoukidarChorHai to #RahulGandhiJhutaHai
In childhood days I had heard a story 'Michhua Radhua' in Odia. The same story might be available in many vernacular languages in India.

The story goes like this: A watchman called Radhua lied to the villagers for the sake of fun by screaming 'tiger has come' at night. All villagers woke up and searched the entire village only to find a grinning Radhua who admitted that he lied for the sake of fun, leaving the villagers afraid and concerned. He repeated this one more night. However, on one night, the tiger actually came. Radhua screamed for help. No one came out thinking that Radhua was once again lying. The tiger killed Radhua.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tried to make a bofors out of Rafale. He misled people by continuously lying. Finally, petitions were filed in the Supreme Court. During the election campaign Rahul Gandhi accused Narendra Modi using the term 'Choukidar Chor hai' (The watchman is a thief). He accused the BJP government of showing undue favour to Anil Ambani-led Reliance and lied that the government had asked Reliance to manufacture Rafale aircraft instead of HAL. They wasted lot of Parliament hours just demanding JPC probe and debates, when the government agreed for debates, they still interrupted the House. Rahul Gandhi lied in the name of French president, who later clarified that Rahul Gandhi was lying.

You can accuse many things against Narendra Modi but to say that he is corrupt is difficult to digest. Yet, Rahul Gandhi's lies created an impression that there must be something in that deal where the government is wrong. There were many debates on social media too.

However, finally the Supreme Court in its verdict cleared the air in three aspects as follows:

1)      It said that it's satisfied with the decision making process.

2)      On pricing, it said that they have examined it closely and found the responder's claim of better advantages. It also said that it's not their job to look in to the pricing as the matter is confidential (NDA always argued that it's confidential).

3)      It didn't find any evidence of any favouritism to Anil Amabni-led Reliance.

Further, it also observed that 'mere conjecture' have little merit in the deal. I would say that it's not 'mere conjecture' as SC put it. Rather, I would say it's purely a conspiracy by the Congress for selfish, petty political interests at the cost of national security.

It's not that the facts are not available in the public domain. My article 'Rafale facts expose Congress' lies' published in this platform on 16th October 2018, in fact compiled all such data available in the public domain to prove that Rafale deal is a clean deal and lies are being spread for vested interests. The same article was reproduced in Indian defence news and even presented through Youtube. All these platforms sourced from Merinews because they understand the facts and liked the presentation. 

The Congress has formed three governments in Hindi heartland states along with allies, but it was routed in two states, namely Manipur and Telangana. In the meanwhile, Augusta Westland scam middleman Christian James Michel has been extradited to India and the fugitive Vijay Mallya too will be extradited from the UK. Then, now this verdict of SC on Rafale; I think bad days lie ahead for the Congress because Narendra Modi has come out clean of corruption charges. People will never trust Rahul Gandhi again.

I don't know whether Rahul Gandhi will face the same fate as 'Michhua Radhua' in the 2019 general election, but one thing is for sure, hashtag #RahulGandhiJuthaHai or similar hashtags might become viral in the run up to 2019 general election.

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