As the Rafale deal debate continues to intensify, BJP has raked up the Rafale issue and stated that 'Vadra link was used to compromise the Defence of the Nation'. In a press Conference, BJP has highlighted the role of Sanjay Bhandari who was allegedly linked with Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra.
While addressing the media, BJP's Gajendra Singh Shekhawat claimed:
"You must have come across the name of Sanjay Bhandhari. Sanjay Bhandhari was involved in Rafale deal. Sanjay Bhandari was under pressure to get the deal for his company, thus the government was under pressure. Vadra link was used to compromise the Defence of the nation. Congress campaign against Rafale for the company refusing to bid Vadra interests back then.
He further questioned the Congress Party and demanded answers. He also said that BJP will produce the required documents in the public domain.
Why has Congress not answered all these questions asked by Arun Jaitley. Will Rahul Gandhi will reply on this? Congress must answer why they compromised our forces our Defence. Has Congress compromised the Nation? Was it a backburner to an arms dealers? Is it fair? We want to ask the people of this nation too. Inquiry has been happening on Bhandari. When the time comes we will produce the documents in the public domain"
Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy while speaking to Republic TV said that he had written to AK Antony about Sanjay Bhandari's link to Robert Vadra.
Earlier on Monday, the French Government stated that it feared damage to its relations with India after former France President Francois Hollande stirred controversy by claiming that Indian government had chosen Anil Ambani's Reliance as the interlocutor for Rafale. On Friday last week, Hollande, who left office in May last year, said that French jet manufacturer Dassault Aviation had been given no choice about its local partner in a 2016 Rafale deal with the Indian administration.
The French Government and aeronautics company Dassault Aviation went all out to contradict Holland's statement and issued a press release. Moreover, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched an all-out attack on attack Rahul Gandhi and former France president Francois Hollande on Sunday. In an interview to ANI, he cited similarity between their statement and said that it was “no coincidence” that Hollande’s statement came days after Congress chief’s cryptic tweet on Rafale deal. Arun Jaitley suggested that the statements made by Hollande and Gandhi may have been ‘orchestrated’ as they are in perfect rhythm with each other.
”Yeh jo jugalbandihai, mere paas sabot nahin hai, lekin mann mein prashn khada hota hai (I don't have a proof to back this, however, this partnership does raise a question). Truth cannot have two versions,” Jaitley had said.
Referring to the Congress party’s tweet alleging that Hollande had been bribed by Anil Ambani to get the Dassault partnership, Arun Jaitley questioned:
"I Pity Rahul Gandhi’s understanding- how is it a scandal if a dozen Indian companies say that for a 56,000cr contract if offsets are going to be 28,000cr, I want to be among the 20 who are going to make offset supplies? Everyone will get 2000-4000cr. How is it impropriety?"