Congress president Rahul Gandhi has launched another broadside at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale. Gandhi told his party in Kochi on Tuesday that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was defence minister when the deal was signed, had informed him that he had nothing to do with the “new deal orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi.”
“This morning I visited Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar, to wish him a speedy recovery,” Gandhi tweeted. The Congress said that the meeting between the two was casual.
The news agency PTI quoted Gandhi as saying, “Friends, ex-defence minister Mr Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani.”
Rahul’s Kochi remarks came in the wake of his meeting Parrikar at the Goa Assembly complex.
It may be recalled that a few weeks ago, Gandhi had alleged that Parrikar was “blackmailing and threatening” Modi because he (Parrikar) had all the information on Rafale that could be damaging to Modi.
He referred to an audio tape that his party had released earlier. Gandhi said a media conference: “The health minister in the Goa government [Vishwajit Rane] is saying Parrikar in the cabinet meeting claimed ‘I have Rafale information’….”
Both Parrikar and Rane refuted Gandhi’s claims and raised questions about the authenticity of the tape.