Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday took a jibe at former Defence Minister AK Antony while trying to explain the Congress leader's 'on one hand and on the other hand' dilemma.
"He was a simple man, he realised that he was being pressured by Air Force that they need Rafale, he also was being pressurised by his colleagues, for perhaps to do otherwise.
So what he did when the reccomendation went to him, he said that Rafale is approved but the process by which it was approved must be looked at. In the show called the 'Yes Minister' it was said that the most incompetent is ruler is one who could not take a decision. Such was the (UPA) government that a media report had said that 'PM is in office but not in power' and that Defence Minister was such that - 'on hand and on the other hand' (would always have a dilemma ). On one hand there was requirement of the Forces and on the other hand he said yes to Rafale but questioned the process."
Earlier on Wednesday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had demanded a JPC on the Rafale deal questioning the Centre yet again on pricing, process and procedure.
Hitting out at the Gandhi family indirectly, without naming them, Jaitley also questioned as to why only one family's name comes up for three cases- National Herald scam, Bofors scam and the AgustaWestland 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 Agusta the fingers point to you, then three is a bit too much," he added.