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Manohar Parrikar's Two-word Riposte On The Supreme Court's Rafale Verdict Sums Up The BJP's Response

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Manohar Parrikar has held that truth has prevailed, in light of the Supreme Court's verdict on the Rafale deal
  • The Goa Chief Minister was the Union Defence Minister during key portions of the Rafale deal
  • The Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has issued a two-word riposte following the Supreme Court dismissing the petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal.

The Goa Chief Minister is perhaps the best placed to know all the details of the deal, having been in charge at the Defence Ministry at a time when negotiations were held between India and France over the original UPA deal for 126 jets, the tender's subsequent scrapping, as well as the deal becoming an intergovernmental one for the purchase of 36 jets during PM Modi's visit to France.

His response is along the same lines of more unrestrained ones from other BJP leaders:

Piyush Goyal tweeted: "Satyamev Jayate: Once again, Rahul Gandhi's blatant lies stand exposed. Supreme Court has dismissed any probe into the Rafale Deal. The entire nation has been lied to for political mileage #SCNailsRaGaLies"

The minister's attack on Rahul Gandhi refers to a very loud campaign orchestrated by the Congress president alleging a scam in the deal.

Amit Shah has also tweeted along the 'truth alone prevails' line:

The other person besides the Prime Minister whom Rahul Gandhi targeted, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani, has also issued a statement saying:

"I welcome the judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court today summarily dismissing all PILs filed on the Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing the complete falsity of the wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations levelled against Reliance Group and me personally. We remain committed to India's national security and to making our humble contribution towards the Make in India and Skill India policies of the Government in the critical area of defence including our offset partnership agreement with our valued partner, Dassault Aviation of France." 

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