Hours after Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wrote a scathing letter to Rahul Gandhi clearing the air on their talks during the meeting which happened on Tuesday, the Congress president has also penned down an open letter to the former Defence Minister. In the letter, Rahul Gandhi expressed discontent on the letter being leaked all over the media before could take a read at it.
"I am disturbed to hear about a letter which you have supposedly written to me, but instead leaked to the press before I have had the chance to read it," an excerpt of the letter reads.
Later speaking about his meeting with Mr Parrikar, which he termed as a 'personal visit' and his recent comments on the much-talked about Rafale deal after their meet in Goa, Rahul Gandhi stated that he was referring to the statements which are already in the 'public domain'.
"Regardless of my visit, I am a democratic representative, elected to serve the Indian people, and as such I reserve the absolute right to attack the corrupt PM on his blatant dishonesty in the RAFALE deal. I have not shared any details of my conversation with you when we met in Goa yesterday. In my two speeches since we met, I have referred to what is already in the public domain," the letter further reads.
Further, in a veiled attack PM Narendra Modi, the Congress president went onto assert that Mr Parrikar wrote the letter to him 'under immense pressure' and to show his 'loyalty to PM and his cronies'.
"Pressure that has forced you to take the highlu unusual step of demonstrating your loyalty to the PM and his cronies by attacking me in this uncharacteristic manner," Rahul Gandhi wrote in the letter to the Goa CM.
He took to Twitter and posted the letter to Mr Parrikar on public domain. Read here:
On Tuesday, the Congress president had met the ailing Goa CM at his residence. A day after his meeting. during his address to the Youth Congress workers on Monday, Rahul Gandhi said that the former Defence minister had told him during their meeting that he had no know-how about the 'changes in the Rafale deal'.
Reacting to his comments, Mr Parrikar wrote to him and said that no such conversation had taken place, and accused the Congress president of playing petty politics in the guise of paying a visit to an ailing person.
"Paying a courtesy visit and then stooping so low as to make a false statement for petty political gain has raised, in my mind, questions about the sincerity and purpose of your visit itself. " part of the Goa CM's letter read.
Manohar Parrikar further expressed that he was disappointed with the following actions of Rahul Gandhi, and did not expect such from the Congress president.
"Here I am fighting against a life-threatening illness. Due to my training and ideological strength, I wish to serve Goa and its people against any/all odds. I thought your visit would give me your good wishes in that cause of serving our people. Little did I know that you had other intentions. With deep disappointment, I write to you hoping that you would put out the truth. Kindly do not use your visit to an ailing person to feed political opportunism', the letter added.