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Defence minister lied in Parliament on HAL: Rahul

Monday, January 07, 2019

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman "lied" in Parliament that government orders worth Rs one lakh crore were provided to HAL, while demanding that she should either place the documents in support of her statement in the House or resign.

Gandhi's attack came after a media report claimed that "not a single rupee of the said Rs 1 lakh crore has come to HAL, since not a single order, as claimed, has been signed till now". The media report cited senior HAL management officials in order to back its claim.

Defence Minister Sitharaman hit back at Gandhi for his remarks, saying read "the complete report" to "which you are referring".

“However, as the LS record shows, Sitharaman did not claim the orders were signed, saying they were in the works,” Sitharaman tweeted, quoting from the media report to assert that she had not stated in Parliament that the orders to HAL had been signed.

Her remarks came in response to Gandhi's scathing attack in which he said: "When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies, to cover up the first one. In her eagerness to defend the PM's Rafale lie, the RM lied to Parliament."

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