MoS External Affairs and former COAS General VK Singh has issued a unique challenge on Twitter, along the lines of the #FitnessChallenge and #5MinuteAur challenges issued earlier by MoS Col Rathore, but far more political in nature, related to Rahul Gandhi and the Congress' constant, unchanging yet unvalidated allegation of there being a 'scam' in the Rafale deal between India and France.
Taking to Twitter, General VK Singh has essentially operationalised the Congress president's own words. The Tweet contains a headline cutting which reads: Rahul Gandhi said in Ranchi, 'name one speech where I said a lie'. Accordingly the MoS writes:
Now this one is really interesting. Let’s crowdsource all the lies. Tag three people you know, who will share with you a @RahulGandhi lie.
Calling it the #RahulLieChallenge, he has nominated Col Rathore, MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and Anurag Thakur:
Rahul Gandhi had insisted on making the intergovernmental deal between India and France the major peg of his 'corruption' allegations against the Modi government in the lead up to the 2019 General Elections, with the allegation being along the lines of 'PM Modi took Rs 30,000 crore from the people of India and gave it to Anil Ambani'. Rahul Gandhi's own attempts to substantiate on this allegation, himself or otherwise, have largely failed, with the most recent flashpoint being a media story that had incorrectly cropped an official Ministry of Defence document to portray a factually flawed agenda.
The government has slammed the Congress multiple times over politicisation of the Rafale deal, shaming the UPA for not being able to finalise the deal despite having years to do so and leaving India's security interests imperilled. In light of the Indian Air Force's strike on Pakistani terror factories across the LoC and the subsequent aerial battle over the Lam Valley in J&K's Nowshera, PM Modi hit out at the Congress over politicisation of the Rafale fighter, saying the following, as per PTI:
"India is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, if we had Rafale probably the result would have been different. The country has suffered a lot due to selfish interests earlier and now politics over Rafale."
India is expected to begin receiving Rafale MMRCAs from France later this year, likely in 2019.