Addressing an election Rally at RSS turf Nagpur, Rahul alleged that, Manohar Parikkar, the then defence minister was aware there was corruption in Rafale deal. He also promised that this would be probed if Congress comes into power. He also told the people that, “Chowkidar will go to jail.”
He was speaking at an election rally for Congresses’ Nagpur and Ramtek nominees Nana Patole and Kishore Gajbhiye respectively.
“I am telling you, an inquiry will be initiated after elections…and the other chowkidar will be in jail. The defence ministry document states Narendra Modi changed it (the original contract) and purchased (each) jet for Rs. 1,600 crore ” he said
He also said that Parikkar lied to the media. “The chowkidar committed theft. The then defence minister (late Parrikar), when asked by the media, said I don’t know about the new deal, you directly ask Narendra Modi, I don’t know about it. Because Parrikar knew corruption had taken place and (thought) someone will get trapped,” he added.
He also used the opportunity to hit out industrialist Anil Ambani. Rahul said that Ambani had neither expertise nor money in defence manufacturing and all the businesses that he had initiated have failed. In spite of this Anil Ambani managed to get the deal, Rahul alleged.
“Despite this, Anil Ambani got the biggest defence contract (under the Rafale deal). His brother saved him from going to jail. Why should Anil Ambani get the Rafale contract and why not somebody from Vidarbha,” Rahul asked.
Rahul also added that he would not speak lies for he wants to build a long-standing relationship. Ridiculing Modi, he added, “Modi has grown old and is in a hurry. So he is telling lies.”