New Delhi, Jan 2(IECurrentAffairs) Continuing its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government on the Rafale deal, the Congress on Wednesday alleged that sensational disclosures by a Goa minister has unravelled corruption in the deal.
The party said the shocking disclosures made by Goa health minister Vishwajeet Rane that in a meeting of the state cabinet last week, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said nobody can remove him as chief minister as he is in possession of the files on Rafale deal confimed all’the allegations made by the Congress of corruption in the deal.
It demanded a clarfication from the Prime minister on the issue and reiterated for a Joint Parliamentary committee probe into the Rafale deal
Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala, releasing an audio clip of Rane’s conversation with a person giving details of the meeting of the state cabinet last week, said,”the shocking and sensational disclosures made by a minister in the BJP government in Goa has unravelled new layers of corruption in the Rafale deal.
The meeting of the Goa cabinet last week was stormy.. The conversation by the Goa minister makes it clear that amid the heated discussion at the meeting Mr Parrikar reportedly said that nobody can remove him as chief minister as he has all files on Rafele in his possession. The statement by Mr Parrikar, a former defence minister in the union cabinet confirms all’ the allegations made by the Congress of corruption in the deal and also its charges of direct involvement of the Prime Minister. ”
”It is notable that when the PM, on April 10, 2015 , made a unilateral announcement of the Rafale purchases, Mr Parrikar was not accompanying him but was buying fish in a market in Goa.
It was Mr Anil Ambani who was part of the PM’s delegation, ”Mr surjewala said and sought a clarification from the PM on the contents of the files that were in Mr Parrikar’s possession.
”What is the corruption or irregularities in the Rafale files that the PM wants to hide,”mr Surjewala asked.
He also asked whether it is in an attempt to hide this corruption that the PM was ignoring the opposition demand for a JPC probe into the deal .