Shortly after the Supreme Court dismisses any corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal and rejection petitions ask for a probe, parliament exploded on Friday with calls for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s regret from the ruling BJP and its allies.
Slogans of “Rahul Gandhi maafi mango (Rahul Gandhi apologize)” were raised from the government benches as soon as both houses begin. The Congress Chief has constantly targeted the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter jet deal in his election campaign and in the Parliament.
In the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been opposing the demand of a debate on the jet deal and the question hour should be suspended to raise the issue.
The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha had adjourned for the day without talking about much business amid incessant shouting across the floor.
Supreme Court has given the government a clean chit in the Rafale jet deal for 36 fighters from France’s Dassault. It continued that there were no such reasons to doubt the process of decision making in the multi-billion Dollar Rafale jet deal.
Congress said that both in the Parliament and outside, which campaigns for a probe into the Rafale jet deal would not stop. Anand Sharma, Rajya Sabha member of Congress said that “We reject the Supreme Court order. They didn’t take up anything. We want a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee,” added that his call for a cross-party investigation echoed by several Congress leaders.
After Rajya Sabha was adjourned over the disruptions, Mr. Sharma told the source that “there is no need for the BJP to celebrate. The fundamental issues were not discussed by the Supreme Court.”
Congress charges corruption against BJP government to favor of industrialist Anil Ambani and support him to bag an offset deal with Dassault through his defence company had experienced little. The party further accused that the center has scrapped a deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets, which was negotiated by the previous UPA government and entered to an expensive new contract with Anil Ambani.
The offset deal refers to Dassault’s investment of half the value of the contract in India firms about Rs. 30000 crores.
Supreme Court reports that there was “no substantial evidence of commercial favoritism to any private entity,” destroying the Congress and opposition arguments as well.