The BJP has moved privilege notice against Congress president Rahul Gandhi after his speech in Lok Sabha during the debate on No-Confidence motion where he targeted the ruling party on the number of issues, including the Indo-France Rafale deal.
Karnataka MP Prahlad Joshi moved the notice saying Rahul Gandhi made “serious, baseless and wild allegations against the government and particularly against the Prime Minister regarding Rafale Deal”.
“Since the statement was baseless, malicious and amounting to bring disrepute to the Prime Minister and Defence Minister, the statement made by Rahul Gandhi was misleading to the members of the house,” he summarised in his notice.
Earlier, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also termed as “absolutely wrong” Congress
President Rahul Gandhi’s claim that there was no confidentiality clause in the Rafale aircraft deal with France and said the initial agreement was signed when the UPA was in power in 2008.
Sitharaman said the India-France agreement to buy the fighter jets was signed in 2008 by the then defence minister AK Antony and it had the confidentiality clause.
“It was an agreement of secrecy. Protection of classified information. I am not privy to what the French President told Rahul Gandhi. But I am referring to two particular interviews that the French President had given to Indian TV channels. “In the interviews, the French President had said that commercial details of the Rafale deal cannot be revealed,” she said.
The defence minister said, “Whatever Rahul Gandhi said was absolutely wrong and there is no proof.”
The BJP too termed Rahul Gandhi’s hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “immature” act and said his speech during the no-confidence motion was “low on substance” and “high on entertainment”.
“It was low on substance and high on entertainment value. Since yesterday, the country was observing Rahul and wanted to hear his speech… He (Rahul) had said last time that when he would speak, there would be an earthquake. We waited for 15 minutes, half-an-hour, one hour, but nothing transpired as there was no substance in the speech of Rahul Gandhi,” BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
Union minister Babul Supriyo also attacked the Gandhi scion over his speech and gesture in the Lower House, saying the latter should have respected his party’s traditions and history.
“What is this? This is no gallery show. Is it a one act play that one comes and hugs the prime minister? Somebody should make him understand the dignity of his position,” Supriyo said.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Gandhi’s speech lacked “truth”. “Rahul Gandhi’s speech lacked any power, any truth,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)