New Delhi: “I can make a better Rafale (fighter aircraft), please give me the contract.” This caustic remark attacking the BJP-led government was made in the Lok Sabha by Congress MP Sunil Jakhar on Friday, before his party members staged a walkout after a noisy protest demanding the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee to probe an alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Jakhar also waived a paper replica of the fighter aircraft during the Zero Hour as Congress members were in the Well raising slogans.
Leader of the Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge also alleged that the deal was a scam “worth thousands of crore.” “Madam, I want permission to present the replica of the Rafale on the table of the House. Please permit that. I can make a better Rafale than (an industrialist) who has no experience in manufacturing one,” Jakhar said,” the Congress MP added, flaunting the paper replica of aircraft.
Congress members had earlier trooped into the Well raising slogans alleging corruption in the Rafale jet deal. They were holding placards which read ‘Modi’s Rafale Gate’ and set up ‘JPC set up karo’.
Kharge also said that there was no quorum which was against the values of the House. “We are walking out,” he said. He then led the Congress members to stage a walkout.￼
“Madam, I want permission to present the replica of the Rafale on the table of the House. Please permit that. I can make a better Rafale than (an industrialist) who has no experience in manufacturing one. I have been practising it since last (Thursday) night.”
-Sunil Jakhar, Congress MP
Sonia gandhi leads the protests
- Stepping up their attack on the government over the Rafale issue, opposition MPs led by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday held a protest in Parliament premises, demanding answers from the Centre over the alleged scam in the fighter jet deal with France.
- Gandhi along with opposition MPs, including Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI’s D Raja, AAP MP Sushil Gupta, among others, protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex, holding placards and raising slogans.
- Congress members on Thursday had created uproarious scenes in the Lok Sabha demanding a probe into the Rafale deal by a JPC.
Monsoon session:Most productive for Lok Sabha since 2000
- 20 Bills Were introduced during the session.
- 12 Bills Were passed during the session.
- 110% The Lok Sabha worked for 110 per cent of the scheduled hours.
- 66% The Rajya Sabha worked for 66 per cent of the scheduled hours.
Most productive Question Hours
- 84% The time out of Question Hour time for which the Lok Sabha functioned.
- 68% The time out of Question Hour time for which the Rajya Sabha functioned.
Highest number of private member Bills.
Highest working time
- 50% Time spent by the Lok Sabha on legislative business.
- 48% Time spent by the Rajya Sabha on legislative business.
- This is the highest by both Houses in the 16th Lok Sabha and second highest since 2004.
- 26% Bills were referred to parliamentary committees in this Lok Sabha.
- 71% Bills were referred to parliamentary committees in 15th Lok Sabha.
- 60% Bills were referred to parliamentary committees in 14th Lok Sabha.
Highest number of private member bills
- The highest number of 999 private member Bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha since 2000.
- In the 16th Lok Sabha, the highest number of government Bills were introduced by the ministry of law and justice and the ministry of health and family welfare.
- In the 15th Lok Sabha, the maximum Bills were introduced by the finance ministry, home affairs ministry and ministry of law and justice.
(With inputs from PTI)