Rafale deal: Oppn insists on JPC, holds protests in Parliament complex

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with other opposition parties' leaders raises slogans during a protest against the Union government over Rafale deal issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday, Aug 10, 2018.

New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with other opposition parties’ leaders raises slogans during a protest against the Union government over Rafale deal issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday, Aug 10, 2018.

On the last day of the Monsoon Session, Opposition MPs launched a protest against the BJP-led NDA government demanding answers from it over the alleged scam in Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

UPA chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a protest over the issue in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statute in Parliament complex.

Opposition MPs, including Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI’s D Raja, AAP MP Sushil Gupta among others held protest outside Parliament, holding placards and raising slogans demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the issue.

Congress members on had created uproarious scenes in the Lok Sabha demanding a probe into the Rafale deal by a JPC, forcing an adjournment of the proceedings. They were heard demanding a JPC probe into the deal and a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the government prepares to table the much-debated Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha today, Gandhi, when asked about the issue, told reporters, “Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this, I will not say anything further on this.”