Rafale debate highlights: Oppn attacks govt; Lok Sabha adjourned

The Rafale row took centre stage in Lok Sabha proceedings on Wednesday with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defending the Modi government's procurement of the French fighter jet. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi sought permission to play a purported audio tape of a Goa minister on the Rafale deal but refused to authenticate it, prompting Union Minister Arun Jaitley to accuse him speaking "lies repeatedly".

Initiating a discussion on the Rafale issue, Gandhi targeted Narendra Modi, claiming that he "does not have guts" to come to Parliament to confront questions on the issue and "hides" in his room.

The Congress leader also rejected Modi's claim in an interview that there was no personal allegation against him, saying this is not true as the entire nation is asking him direct question.

Jaitley demanded if he can authenticate it, but the Congress leader said he would not do so.
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Lok Sabha adjourned till Thursday.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns House till 5:00 PM
The money trail in Rafale deal is through "Reliance chhotabhai Ambani," says Saugata Roy, referring to Anil Ambani and his company Reliance Defence.
Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy speaking on Rafale deal, questions government on why Reliance Defence was selected as offset partner in French fighter jet deal.
The Opposition line is "our hands our corrupt, so we will make allegations against a clean government": Jaitley
Jaitley says Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) not required to probe Rafale deal as it's not a matter of policy or governance. As the Supreme Court has given the deal a clean chit, there's no need to further investigate the matter. 
The offset partner (Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence) is not manufacturing the Rafale jet. Rahul Gandhi's education should begin with 'ABC': Arun Jaitley
Jaitley says Air Force in dire need of fighter jets since 2001. "Cost of basic aircraft 9% cheaper than UPA-era agreement and weaponised jet 20% cheaper."
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3.30 pm amidst protest during the discussion on Rafale jet deal
I think they are thowing papper planes and remembering Euro fighters: Jaitley
FM Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha: There is a speciality about UPA in decision making that is if the aircraft being selected is not the one whose commerce you have dealt with then delay the transaction, make it impossible
Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha: The Supreme Court verdict stated that probing Rafale scam does not come under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, but they never said that JPC shouldn't be formed

In 2012 when it wen to Defence Minster, he approved Rafale but asked the process to be looked into: Jaitley
Dassault and Eurofighter bids were opened and Rafale was accepted.
Tenders for Rafale were invited in 2007: Jaitley
Once is a chance, twice is a coincidence and thrice is a conspiracy, says Arun Jaitley
The conspirators of various defence deals have the audacity to call us out: Jaitley
From Bofors to Agusta to National Herald case, all fingers point towards Congress, says Arun Jaitley
Jaitley cites AgustaWestland case. Calls out Congress for being corrupt
Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha: On the last occasion, he (Rahul Gandhi) manufactured a conversation between him and the former French President. Today, he repeats the same. Today, he tried to produce a tap but he is too scared to authenticate it.  

Since Rahul Gandhi has used abbreviations, was Rahul Gandhi playing in the lap of 'Q': Jaitley
Rahul Gandhi lacks basic understanding of combat aircraft, says Arun Jaitley
There are families in this country who understand the math of money but not of national defence: Jaitley
The grand old party of Indian politics is headed by a person who doesn't have the basic understanding of what a combat aircraft is: Jaitley
Goa Minister Vishwajit P Rane writes to Goa CM Manohar Parrikar in regard with the audio tape released by Congress on Rafale, states, "This is a doctored audio & I have never had any discussion on this subject with anyone. there should be a thorough inquiry in this matter"

Today Rahul tried to produce a false document, which his party manufactured. Jaitley
My learned friend has a legacy to lie: Jaitley
There are some people who have natural dislike for the truth. Jaitley
The country will find out that the PM whom they trusted gave Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani, sorry AA: Rahul Gandhi
I ask BJP to invoke JPC and all will come to light
Rahul Gandhi take excerpts from the recording and says Parrikar told Goa cabinet minister that he has the files of Rafale deal in his cupboard
Sumitra Mahajan asks Rahul Gandhi to not refer Manohar Parrikar as Goa Chief Minister but as ex-defence minister 
Defence Ministry had said that PM should not interfere with Rafale deal
Rahul Gandhi uses 'Double A' instead of Anil Ambani
Sumitra Mahajan asks Rahul Gandhi to not name Anil Ambani
Rahul asks, 'Can I say double AA'
Sumitra Mahajan forbids Rahul to play the tape and also to talk about it. 
LS Speaker forbids Rahul to name Anil Ambani, instead name the firm
House proceedings resume
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm
Rahul Gandhi lies five times a day, says Arun Jaitley
Modi does not have the guts to come in the Parliament and face the questions, says Rahul Gandhi 
HAL is the future of this country in aviation. Whereas Mr Anil Ambani is a failed businessman. Says Rahul
HAL has been making aircraft for 70 years and was responsible for winning the 1970 war. When HAL has a tremendous record, when it gave jobs to thousands of workers
On the other hand, Anil Ambani is a failed businessman, says Rahul Gandhi
PM Modi went to France and met former PM Hollande and the deal was restructured. The price was incrased from Rs 560 cr to Rs 1600 cr? Asks Rahul Gandhi
The deal was changed from 126 aircrafts to 36. Did airforced asked it, or the govt unilaterally did so? Rahul asks
If the aircraft was needed urgently, then why a single aircraft has not landed on Indian soil till now? Rahul Gandhi asks
Why was the demand of the 126 Rafale aircraft to changed to 36 aircrafts? asks Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi calls PM's interview staged
AIADMK not letting the Parliament function
Rahul Gnadhi wishes Happy New Year to all the citizens of the country
Rahul Gandhi seeks permisson to change his seat
Khadge asks Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to get the house in order
Goa Minister Vishwajit P Rane has written to BJP President Amit Shah in regard with audio circulated by Congress on Rafale, states, "This is a doctored audio & I have never had any discussion on this subject with anyone."

"The files with Parrikar should be made public and Modi should submit to a JPC probe. A JPC probe within 10 days will bring out all the truth about the Rafale deal which is the country's biggest defence scam," said Surjewala.
The Congress attack came a day after Modi in an interview accused the Congress of weakening the security forces by harping on the Rafale jet where the BJP says there has been no corruption.

Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Goa Minister Vishwajit P Rane: The audio tape is doctored. Congress has stooped to such a low level to doctor a tape to create miscommunication b/w cabinet&CM. Mr Parrikar has never made any reference to Rafale or any documents. Have asked him for a criminal investigation into this.

In the audio clip released by Surjewala, Rane purportedly can be heard saying that during a Goa cabinet meeting last week Parrikar stated he had an entire file and all documents relating to the Rafale deal lying in his bedroom, Surjewala claimed, playing the conversation for the media outside Parliament.

However, there was no confirmation on whether it was the voice of Rane in the audio. The identity of the other person was also not ascertained.
Surjewala quoted Rane as saying, "The chief minister made a very interesting statement, that I have all the information of Rafale in my bedroom....that's means he is holding them to ransom. He said it is in my bedroom here only in my flat, each and every document on Rafale."
Congress demands answers from Narendra Modi on Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's purported claim that he had a file on Rafale "lying in his bedroom" and asked if this was the reason why a joint parliamentary committee probe was not being ordered.

Rafale deal: Randeep Singh Surjewala releases audio clip in Twitter

Congress members were on their feet demanding a probe into Rafale jet deal by a Joint Parliamentary Committee 
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes as AIADMK members continued their protest and slogan-shouting over Cauvery river water issue.
When the House re-assembled at 11.40 am, it was adjourned again till noon.
The AIADMK members trooped into the well of the House over the construction of dam on Cauvery river. They were shouting slogans like "we want justice".
Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan move Supreme Court for review of Rafale judgment
Rafale deal: Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has the all the files relating to Rafale jet deal. The fashion in which every procedure was bypassed...it is all recorded in the files. Those files are with Mr Parrikar. Why are those files being hidden? asks Randeep Surjewala, according to ANI

Union Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held at 1 pm in Parliament today
Rafale deal: Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie move Supreme Court seeking review of its December 14 verdict
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will reportedly speak on the Rafale issue in Parliament today at 2 PM
In an exclusive interview to ANI, Modi said that those levelling allegations on him are actually weakening the Indian security forces. He added that in spite of allegations from the Congress in the Rafale deal, he will continue to expedite the procurement process in defence so that country's security is not compromised.

"This is not an allegation against me personally, but an allegation against my government. If there is any allegation against me personally, let them dig who gave what, when and where and to whom," he said.

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Rewind on SC ruling 
SC ruled out an investigation into Rafale deal, dismissing a group of writ petitions. 
The judgment further stated it was not the job of the court to deal with comparative details of pricing. The story is not over yet as the government has moved the court pointing out errors in the judgment while the Opposition has listed a number of contradictions in it.

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Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alledged that Modi again resorted to "lies blatantly" 
"Prime Minister Modi said there is no charge, but the only charges made are against him.... the charge Modiji, is only against you of corruption and crony capitalism and that is why you are running away from a JPC," he said, daring him for a probe by joint parliamentary committee on the issue.
The Congress on Tuesday attacked Narendra Modi saying his interview to ANI was a "monologue" full of rhetoric and accused him of peddling lies.

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What is the controversy around Rafale deal? Here's a timeline

  • The first deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jet from France’s Dassault Aviation was negotiated in 2012, but never finalised
  • In 2016, Narendra Modi signed a smaller deal, this time with the French government, for 36 aircraft in “flyaway condition”, to be delivered between end-2019 and early 2022
  • By 2017, questions were being asked. How much was the deal involving far fewer aircraft worth?
How purchase of 126 Rafale jets from France became a controversy
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday rejected allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal while asserting that a lie repeated again and again will not become a truth.
"The Congress should understand that a lie spoken many a time cannot turn into truth. We have been ready for a discussion from the very first day. But why is the opposition party running away (from a discussion)," Singh said.
As Speaker Sumitra Mahahjan was about to adjourn the House on Monday, Kharge reminded her about Jaitley's challenge and asked her to fix the time for a discussion on January 2.
"I am not saying no...why should I say no...In fact the House was prepared for a debate but something happened and you (Congress) started demanding JPC probe...you keep your challenges to yourself... don't challenge me. When the debate will take place, I will decide...you will decide," Mahajan remarked and then adjourned the House for the day.
Arun Jaitley had alleged that the Congress was "running away" from a discussion and was spreading "lies" over the deal.
"If you have the courage, begin the debate immediately," Jaitley said soon after the House voted the Supplementary Demands for Grants amid din and slogan shouting by the Congress demanding a JPC probe on the Rafale deal.
"Jaitley ji has thrown a challenge ... we accept it... we are ready for a debate on January 2. Please decide a time," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in the Lok Sabha on Monday just as it was about to adjourn for the day.

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