Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM Modi over Rafale deal



Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to social media to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal on Sunday morning. (Photo: Instagram/Rahul Gandhi)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to social media on Sunday morning to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal controversy. He posted an image [below] with the caption 'Chor ki dadhi' (thief's beard).

The Rafale deal for 36 fighter jets worth 7.8 billion Euros was signed in 2016 between the Indian government and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. On Saturday, the Congress party had demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the deal after France initiated its judicial inquiry into the same in June.

The Congress has consistently accused the Modi government of signing the contract with France at a much higher price than negotiated during the UPA rule. The opposition party also alleged favouritism, claiming that Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence had been signed on as the offset partner by weapons manufacturer Dassault Aviation even though the company had no previous experience.