Rahul brings ‘Rafale audio tape’, initiates discussions on aircraft deal

New Delhi, Jan 2 (UNI) Lok Sabha had to be adjourned abruptly for about 10 minutes after Congress president Rahul Gandhi wanted to play ‘audio tape’ on Rafale on Wednesday.

Initiating a discussion on Rafale in the Lok Sabha under Rule 193, and as expected, Mr Gandhi directed his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government over the deal with France.

Amid din and chaos due to uproad by sloganeering AIADMK members, Mr Gandhi said essentially the Rafale controversy rests on three pillars of pricing, process and patronage.

He changed the pricing of the aircraft was changed by the Modi government and it shot up indiscriminately from what was finalised by the erstwhile Rs 526 crore.

Mr Gandhi also said the AIADMK protests was only to shield the Prime Minister.

He alleged a private company was favoured denying opportunities for the state-run HAL.

Hardly within 20-24 minutes of proceedings after 1400 hours, the House had to be adjourned as Mr Gandhi wanted to play an ‘audio tape’ on Rafale. 

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.

Speaker adjourned the House for about 10 minutes.

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