Modi is corrupt; must resign if can’t explain role in Rafale: Rahul

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 11

In his fiercest attack ever on the Government in the ongoing Rafale deal controversy, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is corrupt and he should resign if he couldn’t explain his role.

“The truth has come out. The Indian PM is corrupt. He gave Rs 30,000 crore of the Indian Air Force money to industrialist Anil Ambani who is in debt. An internal document of Dassault Aviation has shown that the offset contract in the deal was a compensation for Ambani. Former French President first said that the PM asked him to give the contract to Ambani and now a senior Dassault official has been found saying the same thing,” Gandhi said in his fourth press conference at AICC headquarters on the Rafale issue.

Gandhi said the PM should resign if he could not explain his role in the matter.

Dismissing questions on larger opposition’s silence on Rafale, Gandhi said, “The issue here is that the PM is corrupt. Whether Rahul speaks on the issue or someone else does not matter. The issue is the truth has come out. The youth and the farmers of India should know the Indian PM is corrupt.”

Gandhi said the PM promised to be a watchdog of India’s interests but had ultimately been found doing “chowkidaari” of Anil Ambani.

The Congress chief also alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had gone to France and would visit the Dassault facility in attempts to “muzzle the aviation firm” and “cover up corruption in the deal”.

More corruption of the BJP would be revealed soon in other defence contracts, Gandhi claimed. Asked how he knew this, he said, “More corruption will be revealed. You’ll see.”