Congress today raged in accusing the scam in the Rafael Deal in the Rajya Sabha today. As soon as the proceedings of the House began, Congress raised the demand of the JPC(Joint Parliamentary Committee) inquiry. Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also involved in this scandal. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Raphael scam is the biggest scandal in the world. The government examined the JPC. Although the newly elected deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh said that it can not be discussed today. On the issue of Rafael Deal, the attacking opposition parties raised their voice against the Modi government today and performed a black band in Parliament premises.
In this demonstration, many senior leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Left leader D Raja, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sushil Gupta and others joined the protest. In their hands, they wrapped posters which had written slogan boards- ‘Modi Corruption Exposed’, ‘Ambani-Adani Har Oor Hai, Modi-Shah Chor Hai’, ‘We demanded JPC’.
What is the JPC or Joint Parliamentary Committee
The Congress and other opposition parties have alleged that the Modi government has made a mess in the deal on a large scale to benefit industrialists. Congress claims that during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s tenure, the agreement with France was Rs 526 crore per aircraft. In the Modi government, the price of aircraft has gone up three times higher to the new cost of Rs 1600 crores per aircraft. The party claimed that Rs 45,000 crore Rafael is the biggest scam in the country. Congress is demanding the investigation of the entire matter with the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).
In the past, former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan accused the scandal in the Raphael deal by making a press conference. Although the government has been rejecting the allegations.
During the discussion on the n0-confidence motion, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lying on the Rafael Deal. Rahul had said that the price of each aircraft in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was Rs 520 crores, but when Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to France, they got some ‘magical’ power to cost Rs 1,600 crore per aircraft.