Minutes after Congress president Rahul Gandhi admitted via an affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday that his Rafale remarks wrongly attributed to the apex court came in 'the heat of a political campaigning' and expressed regret over the same, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar conducted a press conference and said that 'Rafale means Rahul fail.'
In the press conference in Mumbai, Javadekar said: "The issue of contempt of court has was in the court and court had given time till today for Rahul Gandhi to respond. Today he has apologized in front of the apex court and agreed that he had told a lie. Congress means jhoot, and Rafale means Rahul fail. They are telling a lie, one lie ends, other starts, they are losing respect in front of people, whatever respect they had before, they are losing it."
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had on April 12 moved the Supreme Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court.
The Supreme Court on April 15, had issued a notice to the Congress President asking him to respond to the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi, following his statement that Supreme Court said that Chowkidar is involved in a theft ( 'Supreme Court ne keh diya ki Chowkidar ne chori ki hai') while addressing the media after filing his nomination papers in Amethi.
Responding on Rahul Gandhi's admission in the Supreme Court, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi who filed the contempt petition said that she is satisfied to the extent that Rahul Gandhi's lie has been exposed.
"I will wait for Court's verdict as it is sub-judice. One thing is clear that Rahul Gandhi gave a false statement and tried to influence minds of voters. I will wait for the court to give their verdict. He stands exposed and the voters of the country should take cognisance of this. I am waiting to see how court deals with it, how court handles. What court does is between court and him, but I am waiting the court to act on this. It is for the judge to judge the case. I am satisfied to an extent that all I said that he has lied has been proven by his own admission," Lekhi said.
Republic TV has accessed Rahul Gandhi's affidavit wherein he has on two separate occasions admitted that his remarks were made in the 'heat of political campaigning'.