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India's 'Commander in Thief': Rahul Gandhi tears into PM Modi over Rafale controversy

In a brutal takedown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale controversy, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed his as India’s ‘Commander in Thief.’

Gandhi took to micro-blogging site to attack the Prime minister. Along with his tweet, he also posted a small video clip featuring Editor of Mediapart. It is the French news portal that had interviewed former President Francois Hollande. 

It was during this interview, where Hollande reportedly said that it was on India’s request that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was roped in as offset partner for the Rafale deal.

Gandhi has been attacking the BJP on the fighter jet deal. On Sunday, Gandhi tweeted, ‘Mr Jetlie's speciality is his ability to spin '2 truths', or lies, with fake self righteousness and indignation to defend the indefensible. It's high time he, the RM and our PM stop lying and call a JPC to establish the full, uncorrupted truth about the Rafale Scam (sic).’

On Sunday, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma threatened of criminal cases after a thorough probe into the entire deal if the Congress came to power, claiming that Modi will not be the prime minister in 2019 election.

Sharma said the question is how could have the Government of France or former French President Francois Hollande or the Dassault company decided that HAL will be out. 

The deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha said, it is clear that the finance minister, defence minister, law minister have joined in a competition "to lie to defend our prime minister who is directly complicit" and there cannot be any other explanation.

"My message to Shri Narendra Modi is very clear. He cannot escape and all those within the country and outside will try to cover-up this scam of the century will stand exposed," he said.

Sharma said since the Government of France and its former president had no say, why is the Modi government contesting and insulting the former French president. 

(With agency inputs)

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