Congress trying to run away from discussion in parliament over Rafale deal: Yogi Adityanath
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Congress trying to run away from discussion in parliament over Rafale deal: Yogi Adityanath

Chetan Bhattarai | December 18, 2018 12:05 hrs

GUWAHATI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a press conference in Guwahati on Monday afternoon on the controversial Rafale deal. The press conference is one of the 70 conferences that the Bharatiya Janata Party organised across the country on Monday where BJP leaders and chief ministers took the BJP’s stand on the issue.

Coming directly to the point, Adityanath accused the Congress of spreading lies and illusions in the minds of the common people. He blamed the Congress for taking the security concerns of the country on for ride. 

“We all know that Congress is the oldest political party in India. So we expect that they should talk sense about the country and its security concerns and issues. They should avoid such propaganda about something that involves the defence and armed forces of the country. But the Congress has adopted a policy in which they are repeating a lie for hundred times to make it sound true. And we are going to nail this lie of the Congress, which has now come out in the public domain after the recent order by the Supreme Court of India. The SC has cleared its stand on the Rafale deal and has quashed the PILs based on which Rahul Gandhi and company were spreading lies across the country.

Adityanath questioned the intentions of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi in trying to question the Supreme Court’s observation and blaming BJP of misrepresenting the facts in the apex court.

“The PILs in the Supreme Court were based on the process, deal price and offshore partners and the SC found no problem with any of these. The most important thing is the lies that the Congress has tried to peddle shows its leadership qualities in poor light,” explained Adityanath.

He went on to blame the 10-year UPA rule headed by the Congress for not looking after the defence requirements of the country due to which the army was facing a lot of constraints to keep up with the latest developments across the borders.

“We all know that after the Kargil war in 1999, the armed forces requested the governments of that time to augment modernisation. From 2004 to 2014, the UPA ruled the country and in those ten years they could not take strong steps on the modernisation front, especially the air force. It was ageing and there were serious concerns. This process started in 2007 and till 2014, the UPA just sat over it. The Congress has played with the security of this country and so the party and its functionaries should ask for forgiveness from the countrymen for such negligence.”

Speaking about middlemen being a part of almost all the defence deals during Congress tenure, Adityanath argued that middlemen in defence deals is now history under BJP rule.

“During Congress rule, whenever there was a defence deal there was a mediator. Especially, we all know about Ottavio Quattrocchi and also it is clear that he was close to the Congress leadership. Recently, a middleman Christian Michel was arrested due to the pressure by the Indian government. All defence deals involving middlemen during the Congress regime raise questions on the Congress leadership and the way it goes on with its business of something sensitive like a defence deal. Keeping in mind the 4th and 5th generation fighters of neighbouring countries our air force has been asking for Rafale type fighters. As from 2007 to 2014, the UPA could not decide on the air force’s needs there must be some Quattrocchi or Michel as agents involved for such delays.”

Adityanath spoke about the transparency in process in defence deals that he claimed has now been introduced by the BJP-led government.

“In 2014, when the BJP came in power under PM Narendra Modi, we tried to fulfil the requirement and the demand of the defence forces and put into place a transparent mode, in which, for the Rafale procurement a government to government deal was done and the buying process was pushed. The Supreme Court has approved of these quality and requirement needs of the government.”

Attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi of trying to disrespect both the security of democracy and the apex court’s view, Adityanath demanded Gandhi’s resignation for being negligent towards the security concerns of the country. He also accused Gandhi of running away from any discussion on Rafale. 

“The Congress should respect the democratic values. The president of the party should resign for spreading wrong information. Naturally, the security of the country had been neglected by the Congress. It is unfortunate that the president himself is saying that they don’t agree with the Supreme Court and the court has been mislaid. Congress has the habit of disrespecting the constitutional institutions of the country and they are trying to cover the truth but in India we have the term ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (Truth Prevails).

Yogi Adityanath challenged the Congress to engage for a discussion in the parliament over the Rafale deal.

“We have already given our clarification that the government is ready to discuss it in the parliament. Congress is running away from this discussion as they fear that this discussion will show their true colours to the general public and are thus avoiding it. Their strategy is to be adamant and question the transparency and the process ignoring the Supreme Court’s observation thereby showing distrust in the democratic process of this country. The Augusta helicopters deal and other defence deals will come out in open once the discussions start, so they are trying to run away from this, but we are going to uncover their lies,” said Adityanath.

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