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WATCH: Arun Jaitley Dares Rahul Gandhi, Challenges Him To Prove The Authenticity Of 'Rafale Tape' Or 'Face Expulsion From The House'

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

Massive drama unfolded in the Lok Sabha during the debate on Rafale between the government and the opposition. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, during his address at the floor of the house, tried to put the BJP on the backfoot by requesting to play a tape, 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.

"Point of order. The last time the member (Rahul Gandhi) spoke about Rafale, he lied to the nation about a conversation with France President....The French government contradicted. Today, he wants to rely on a recording, which is false and fabricated. Let him authenticate it, place it on the table of the house, and open himself...There's no such procedure where he can play a tape. He has to authenticate it, take a responsibility, and face the expulsion from the house under the privilege motion if it is found to be false," he said.

The Speaker of the house, Sumitra Mahajan, concurred with Jaitley on his remarks, and ordered Rahul Gandhi to not play the tape or read the transcript, given the authenticity is still in question.

Prior to this incident, the Congress President had put forward three questions in front of the Modi government in the Rafale matter  - Process, pricing and patronage. He questioned the government on why the deal of 126 aircrafts was cut down to 36, and if Indian Air Force was kept in the loop of it.

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Secondly, he accused the BJP government of lying on the pricing matter, and asked questions as to why the price of one aircraft went up from Rs 526 crore to Rs 1600 crore. His final line of questioning involved the role of Anil Ambani and Reliance as the offset partner in the deal. Rahul Gandhi alleged that PM Modi took the deal from HAL and gave it to his 'friend' Anil Ambani.

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