Jaitley takes Rafale debate into Cong camp: Asks why Rahul rakes up same issue after SC order

New Delhi, Jan 2 (UNI) The government on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress party for raking up the Rafale row continuously despite the Supreme Court order and said it is generally considered in fitness of things that when judiciary speaks on an issue, it is considered final and closed.

“Here on every issue the Supreme Court has said and spoken very clearly and categorically, the leader speaker of Congress party (Rahul Gandhi) says he still has the view which has all been thrown out by the Supreme Court,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Lok Sabha in his intervention on the debate on the Rafale aircraft deal.

“We are all utterly disappointed, the country is disappointed because every word Mr Rahul Gandhi has said is belied in the face of the judgement of the Supreme Court,” Mr Jaitley said speaking immediately after Rahul Gandhi.

Normally, he said the judicial review is considered the last word. 

However, he said: “There are some people who have a natural dislike for truth. Rafale is similar case ….every word spoken in last six months on this subject including in this House is utterly false”.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi, FM Jaitley said, “My learned friend has a legacy …that legacy has manufactured bank account for Late V P Singh’s son (St Kitts account vis-a-vis Bofors). It was proved to be false”.

Similarly, he said in the last occasion, “Rahul manufactured a conversation between himself and the French President. The French government officially denied it”.

But, Jaitley said, “the Congress president is repeating the same falsehood again”.

“Today, he tried a produce a tape or a document for which the Rules do not permit. He was too scared to authenticate it because he knows his party manufactured it”.

“Chief Minister of Goa and the state Health Minister have already denied the tape….and also that there must be an inquiry as to how the Congress party manufactured this,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Gandhi brought in the ‘audio tape’ and wanted to play it in course of his debate. 

Mr Gandhi sought Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s permission to play it and as he was asked by the treasury bench including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he said he will not authenticate it.

“Because, he knows this is not true, he is not authenticating it,” Finance Minister said amid din.

“This man is telling falsehood repeatedly,” said Mr Jaitley and maintained the French government had to issue a denial of his statement last time.

Mr Gandhi, however, said, the ruling side was ‘terrified’ by the content in the tape.

Mr Jaitley said Rahul Gandhi has developed an habit of taking liberties with truth and it is “absolutely unprecedented”.

In reference to ‘understanding’ of things by Mr Gandhi especially in the context of defence and national security matters, Mr Jaitley said: “It is a tragedy for this country that a grand old party of Indian politics which was in the past headed by legends is today headed by a gentleman who does not even have a basic understanding of what a combat aircraft it”.

Mr Jaitley maintained there are some people who understand the ‘arithmetic of money well’ but is least bothered about national security.

Making a veiled attack on Congress leadership vis-a-vis Bofors scam, he said: “When Rahul Gandhi was a young man, was he playing on the lap of one ‘Q’ (Ottavio Quattrocchi) about whom it was written that Q must be protected at all cost”.

He also referred to National Herald case and said how a property meant for a trust is converted for a particular family. 

In reference to another defence scam – AgustaWestland chopper issue – Mr Jaitley said: “Why was the gentleman in custody (Christian Michel) sending emails when AgustaWestland deal was being negotiated and made reference to Mrs Gandhi, R, Italian Lady and ‘son will speak to the mother’.

The debate in Lok Sabha on Rafale row has been marred by adjournments within an hour session. Some Congress members threw in papers in the House amid din.

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