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When Rahul Gandhi’s Challenge Boomeranged

Nirmala Sitharaman Answer

In times when Congress President continues to go on his lying spree about the Rafale Deal, nothing comes as a surprise as he repeats the same thing again and again. Many times, Rahul Gandhi misunderstands or blatantly misquotes other people’s statements. In his recent tweet, he challenged the Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, to place the documents showing 1 lakh crore of government’s orders to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in front of Parliament. This was a reference to Defence Minister’s speech in Parliament in which she essentially explained what the current NDA Government has done to improve HAL’s capacity.

To this, Nirmala Sitharaman in her offensive reply produced the relevant document in the public domain showing the government orders worth Rs 1 Lakh crore to HAL. The official Defence Ministry Twitter handle tweeted the following:

The two-page document which can be accessed here show that HAL has signed contracts worth Rs 26,570.8 crore (between 2014 and 2018) with the government and contracts worth Rs 73000 crore are in the pipeline. These two figures roughly add up to Rs 1,00,000 crore, exactly what she had quoted in the Parliament.

Thus, the challenge given by Rahul Gandhi that he must have thought will not be answered by the Defence Minister has been accepted by Nirmala Sitharaman. On the contrary, she threw another challenge to the Congress President to resign for having misled the country. Congress President, unlike the Defence Minister, has however not yet accepted the challenge.

Recently, Rahul Gandhi found himself in yet another embarrassing situation when his Congress Party-led Karnataka Government hiked the tax rates on fuel products. Ironically, Congress President once threw a #FuelChallenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same issue of rising fuel prices.

It now appears that Congress President has to generate new lies every day to paint the Rafale Deal as a scam because he has got entangled in his own weaved web of an imaginary Rafale scam. It is imaginary as even the highest court of the country has not found any wrongdoings in the Rafale Deal.