New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party of repeatedly “spreading falsehood and lies” over the Rafale deal and called him a “serial liar”. Addressing a press conference here, he said, “We have been witnessing the activities of a serial liar (Rahul Gandhi). I think only an issueless man can repeat a lie again and again, because he doesn’t have any other issues.”
His remarks came in the wake of Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier saying that the company’s joint venture with Reliance in Nagpur represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France and it was in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies to meet the requirements under the Defence Procurement Procedure of the Indian government. “But even if a lie is repeated a hundred times it will never become a substitute for the truth. We have a gentleman manufacturing fake news and then trying to spread it. So repeating lie after lie, falsehood after falsehood, was not going to change the reality. The Congress is an issueless party, their leadership cannot understand basic figures, basic elementary facts.
Goyal said the Congressmen were possibly trying to hide their own misdemeanours of 2012 when under the pressure of the first family (Gandhi family) they cancelled important negotiations over the deal to benefit their associates and compromised national security. Hailing the Modi government for the timely signing of the Rafale deal, the BJP leader said, “We have a crystal clear situation keeping national interest and the security of the nation as paramount.” He said that the BJP government decided to expedite the purchase of very crucial and critical defence equipment. (IANS)