See letter: BJP issues notice for privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for 'baseless and wild' allegations against PM

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See letter: BJP issues notice for privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for 'baseless and wild' allegations against PM

BJP MP Prahlad Joshi on Friday has issued a notice for privilege motion against Congress President Rahul Gandhi during the discussion of the no-confidence motion.

Accusing the Congress president of making 'serious, baseless and wild allegations' against the government, particularly against PM Narendra Modi regarding the Rafele deal, Joshi said that the statements were misleading. 

Earlier, a number of BJP leaders critcised the Congress president for his speech, which was, however, praised by members of the 'united opposition'.

Gandhi on Friday raised the controversial Rafale deal in Parliament while accusing Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of lying to the nation quoting the ‘secrecy clause’ in the pact.

‘Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier said that she will tell the country about the cost. However, later she said it's a secrecy pact between both the countries (India and France). I asked the French President about this secrecy pact, but he denied the existence of any such pact. He even told me that he has no issues in making the cost public,’ Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion.

‘The Defence Minister has clearly lied under pressure from the PM. Everybody knows the relationship that Prime Minister Modi has with a few business people, and everyone can see the amount of money that goes into his marketing. One of them was given the Rafale contract. Prime Minister Modi has not been truthful and that is a fact," Rahul added.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman rebutted Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s charge that there was no ‘secrecy’ pact. Rahul had claimed that Macron had ‘told him’ that there was no secrecy pact.

She quoted an interview of French president Emanuel Macron to a TV channel when he said: “You have these commercial agreements and we have competitors and obviously we cannot let them know the details of the deal."

Nirmala told parliament: “This was an agreement signed between the two governments on January 25, 2008. Agreement of Secrecy was signed by then defence minister AK Antony.”

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