NEW DELHI: With the Congress upping the ante on the Rafale jet deal, BJP dragged Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra into the picture, alleging that his firm was keen on getting a share in the offset and failure to do so has prompted the principal opposition to cry foul on the issue. The ruling party is also planning an offensive to counter the opposition “false propaganda” in the perception battle on the matter.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters that there is an “international dimension” as well to Gandhi levelling these charges, taking further the stand taken by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that Gandhi and former French President Francois Hollande were in cohorts with each other.
“There is an international gatbandhan (alliance) at work…,” Sitharaman said. He mentioned the tweet by Gandhi anticipating a “Rafale bomb” from France and Hollande’s remarks that there was pressure from India to choose RelianceNSE -0.12 % as the offset partner in the Rafale deal came a few days later.