Following Congress’ and Rahul Gandhi’s sharp attack against BJP, based around a Defence Ministry note on Rafale deal, the saffron party has now responded on Twitter by listing out ’10 lies’ that Rahul Gandhi had said about the jet-fighter pact, rebutting each point tweet by tweet.
“While you are starting a new day of honesty and hard work, #LiarRahulGandhi is preparing to peddle more lies. It’s difficult to track all his lies, but we’ve tried to track major lies peddled by him on #Rafale. A heads up before his today’s quota!” the BJP tweeted from its official handle.
Each ‘lie’ was punctuated with documents, memes and videos in a bid to tackle #LiarRahul, a hashtag that the party used with each tweet. At the time of filing this report, the tag was trending on Twitter India.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha election in summer this year, Rahul Gandhi has stepped up his line of questioning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal.
Here are the 10 ‘lies’ Rahul Gandhi has said according to the BJP:
The BJP ended its onslaught saying, “We have tried to document most of Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale Lies. But given his superhuman capabilities of lying, we realized it’s humanly impossible to document it all.”
The attack came a day after a report in an English newspaper claimed that the Defence Ministry had raised strong objections to “parallel discussions” conducted by the PMO during the negotiations over the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal between India and France.
Stepping up his offensive on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi demanded answers to questions raised in the media report, saying it is now crystal clear that the “watchman” is the “thief”, an apparent reference to Modi’s alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal.
Rahul Gandhi’s offensive drew a counter-attack from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the report. Nirmala Sitharaman criticised the news report for raising issues “selectively” and ignoring the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s reply to file notings of officials.
She said Manohar Parrikar had made a note asking officials to remain “calm” as everything was “alright”.