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In a tell-all interview with Republic TV after Rahul Gandhi's lies on Rafale was exposed, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Congress president and the newspaper - which came out with a half-baked report regarding PMO's parallel conversation with the French government in the deal - for misleading the nation with false facts.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, the Rakshi Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman said that Rahul Gandhi is “embarrassing themselves” by reiterating the Rafale deal and accused the party of “peddling lies”
She said, “I am not sure because it's clear that the Congress under Rahul is embarrassing themselves repeatedly. After Supreme Court gave its verdict, after their demand, discussion held in Lok Sabha where I gave elaborate answers, point by point. And in spite of the that, they peddle lies. Today, they resorted to using newspaper which came up with half baked story.”
She added how Congress is “wanting to serve an agenda”, “As a result, they are exposing their desperation in wanting to serve agenda, and that is where I suspect, there is reason to believe, they are playing larger game probably on MNC which are trying to rival with each other to get projects. Otherwise, nothing can explain this kind of public posturing, calling names of Prime Minister repeatedly. The irony, President and Former President both are both out on bail.”
Raksha Mantri claimed how when Congress was in power, no decision was made without a middleman, unlike the Modi-government where the decisions in the Ministry are made without a middleman.
She said, “The Congress is desperate for issues. And Ministry of Defence, which whenever Congress was in power, decisions were not made without a middleman. Under PM Modi, the decisions in the Ministry, whether under Parrikar, Jaitley or now, the MoD does its business with no middleman whatsoever. Congress is unable to come to terms with it. As a result, they have not gone anyway from where they started. But the fishing continues, with brazen immunity, because in spite of SC verdict, in spite of the Lok Sabha discussion, they continue lies and misleading the public. Ask them to show where is the money trail. Where did the Rs 30000 emerge and whose account did it go? Have I got to the bottom of it, no? because it is apparent. There is no need for me to go searching for where the fact lies. They are continuing with it because they can't believe Ministry can run without corruption and two they started it, so they don't know how to end it.”
“At least accept for the people of India, accept you have got answers for each one of them and in spite, you pretend you raise new issues. The more Congress raises the issue, they will get more exposed. They just don't have anything more. For them, it is not sticking on us, and it will never.”
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