"UPA Did Not Understand National Security, Only Understood Paisa," Says Arun Jaitley Censuring Gandhi Family For Involvement In 3 Scams


An uproar over Rafale deal unfolded in the Parliament on Wednesday again. Union Minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at the UPA government for compromising on national security and only understanding money.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

An uproar over Rafale deal unfolded in the Parliament on Wednesday again, during which Union Minister Arun Jaitley denounced the UPA government for 'compromising on national security and only understanding money' citing the involvement of the Gandhi family in three scams. 

"Some people and families in India only understand the arithmetic of money. They don't understand national security but only 'paisa' (money),” he said. 

Amid a fiery argument on Rafale, the Finance Minister added how the Congress party was led by 'great legends' in the past but now is headed by a gentleman who lacks the understanding of a combat aircraft'', taking a sharp jibe at the party president Rahul Gandhi.

Reiterating the price difference narrative of the deal between the UPA and NDA government Jaitley added that the Gandhi family and Congress party was resorting to the debate 'Rs 500 (crore) versus Rs, 1,600 (crore). 

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Calling out the Gandhi family indirectly, without pronouncing their names, Jaitley questioned as to why only one family's name comes up for three cases- National Herald scam, Bofors scam and the AugustaWestland case. 

"When he was a young man, was he playing in the lap of one 'Q'," added Jaitley, referring to the Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi of the Bofors scam. 

Citing the National Herald case, he said that the members of the family are out on bail for the scam, as the chants of "maa-beta chor hai" echoed in the Parliament. Union Minister also reminded of the Parliament that Christian Michel named 'Mrs. Gandhi', 'son of Italian lady' during his interrogation, emphasizing on their involvement in the case. 

"Had it been one case, I would have given them the benefit of doubt. But in Bofors the finger points to you, in National Herald the finger points to you, if in Augusta the fingers point to you, then three is a bit too much," he added. 

Lok Sabha on Wednesday became a spectator to a massive drama unfolding as Congress president Rahul Gandhi requested to play a tape relating to Rafale in which Goa minister Vishwajit Rane had allegedly told someone that the Rafale files were in former Defence Minister and present Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's house.

But his allegations were dismissed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who stood up against the Congress president and demanded him to authenticate the tapes, failing which he should face expulsion.

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