Congress, CPM join forces to demand JPC probe into Rafale deal | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The opposition kept up the attack on the Modi government over the Rafale deal, with Congress and CPM joining forces to demand a JPC probe into the purchase of fighter jets claiming that the French judicial probe initiated into the deal “reconfirms” apprehensions of corruption in the purchase.
On Sunday, Congress member Rahul Gandhi carried out a survey on Twitter asking people to decide why the Modi government was opposed to a JPC probe on the Rafale deal. Among the multiple choices offered were “guilty conscience”, “saving friends”, “JPC does not want a Rajya Sabha seat”, and, “all the above”. More than 63% respondents to the survey chose ‘all of the above”. Congress functionaries also joined the chorus demanding a JPC investigation, calling it the only way to find the truth. Former Union minister P Chidambaram said events and facts related to the deal are tumbling “out of the cupboard one by one”.
CPM chief Sitaram Yechury said, “The French public prosecution services (PNF) has ordered an investigation by a French judge into the 2016 Rafale fighter jets purchase deal entered into by the Modi govt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s turnaround was mired in deep corruption and money laundering suspicion. Constitute a JPC now.”
Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the French judicial investigation validated Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the deal.





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