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Will the RSS brand of Hindutva or the anticipated disunity of the opposition help the BJP recapture the coveted Delhi throne in 2019?
The frustration is written large at the faces of RSS / BJP camp followers as the muck of Rafale controversy seems to sticking at the vulnerable foyers. Alarm bells are ringing all over the saffron camp.

An ace TV debater and now defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman realised that on Monday. "We recognize there is a perception war going on. I will go around the country and counter it. No way are we going to agree to false propaganda. Now you also see an international dimension to it. Rahul Gandhi's quote (coming) just a few days before (former French President Francois) Hollande's comment cannot be a coincidence. There is certain desperation to blemish the government image when there has not even a whiff of corruption in last four and a half years," she told reporters at the BJP headquarters.

Now, the government of India innocently claims that it was not aware of the details of the partnership the French company had entered into with its offset partners, and that these would be known only after Dassault submits entire details with regard to offset obligations worth 50% of value of the purchase.

There is an "international dimension" to the Rafale controversy and certain desperation in the Congress to besmirch the corruption-free image of the Narendra Modi government. She parroted what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said earlier.

It's all in the backdrop of the interview given by former French President Francois Hollande on 21 September 2019 about Narendra Modi government's role in the selection of Anil Ambani owned Reliance Group as the Indian partner of Dassault for the Rafale deal. The quick-mail decision by Prime Minister Modi to purchase 36 fully built Rafale fighters from France at a much higher price than previously negotiated itself beggars satisfactory explanation. The Anil Ambani's Raliance Defense Ltd is a nascent enterprise without experience that got preference over the state-owned HAL. The common sense and logic demand that the government de jure share the complete details of the deal with the opposition in secrecy to remove any doubts of wrong doings instead of hiding behind the argument of national security and casting aspersion over the nationalism and integrity of leaders who are as faithful Indians as any of these saffronites. That could easily settle the issue and give reasons for the higher cost of the fighter aircrafts.

The nation would recall that Anil Ambani had described Modi in 2013 as 'a King among Kings.' He also had accompanied the Prime Minister on his official visit to France when the Rafale deal was announced. It doesn't slide easily down the throat of non-bhagats or cynics that while Ambani was there, the Defense Minister was conveniently absent.

The nation wants to know what experience Anil Ambani has about building an aeroplane!

Now, the ever ready BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, known for his illogical and far-fetched arguments, has draw a parallel between the opposition party and the Pakistani leaders, saying both want Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed from power.

The RSS / BJP stalwarts are self-proclaimed certificate givers and can call anyone traitor or agent. In that pristine spirit this motor-mouth of BJP claimed: "Some people want Gandhi to become a big leader in India. Who are they? They are Pakistani leaders, and also those who stand for corruption, dynasty and politics of appeasement, The Congress and Pakistan have this commonality that they have "frustration" with Modi, and their "only aim is to remove Modi anyway from Indian polity."

Why should other brave-hearts of Nagpur House lag behind and so we have Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat with his great political dynamic. "For the last few days, Rahul Gandhi is misleading the country by comparing the cost of an unloaded aircraft with a fully loaded aircraft. The present Rafale deal is almost 20% cheaper than the UPA deal. Rafale deal could not see the light of the day during UPA, as Rahul's brother in law Robert Vadra's company was not accepted as the "middleman."

The deal has become controversial with the opposition, led by the Congress, claiming that the price at which India is buying Rafale aircraft now is Rs 1,670 crore for each, three times the Rs 526 crore, the initial bid by the company when the UPA was trying to buy the aircraft. It has also claimed the previous deal included a technology transfer agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). All over the globe, theRafale deal has caught the attention and the leadership is under a cloud.

Modi ji's famous declaration 'Na Khaunga Na Khane Dunga' is put on the mat now and the slogan of Achhe Din remains elusive as ever. Black money never came back. "JUMLAS" can't be the excuse or alibi for rising oil prices, falling value of the rupee and failure to create jobs.

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