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Rahul files nomination for Amethi; dares PM for debate on Rafale issue

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Amethi (UP): With UPA president Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by his side, Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday filed his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat at the Collectorate here.

Rahul was also accompanied by Priyanka's husband Robert Vadra and their two children to send a message that the entire family gives much importance to the Congress bastion, party leaders said. Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers, Rahul challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an open debate on the Rafale issue and demonetisation.

"Debate on Rafale, corruption and note ban," he said, buoyed by the Supreme Court order earlier in the day.

In a setback to the Centre, the apex court allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgment and dismissed the government's preliminary objections claiming "privilege" over them.

The three-time Congress MP from Amethi will take on Union Minister and BJP nominee Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha election in virtually a direct contest as the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh has decided not to field a candidate from the seat. This time, the Congress president is contesting a second seat, Wayanad, in Kerala where he had filed his papers on April 4.

Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was with his party chief, said, "Sometime ago the prime minister's interview had come, a structured interview, (he) told news persons that the SC has given a clean chit, etc."

SC order on Rafale blows the lid off Modi’s ‘lies’: Congress
New Delhi:
The Congress on yesterday said the Supreme Court's interim order has blown the lid off the "lies" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, and termed it as the first step towards justice with the last being a joint parliamentary committee probe.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the layers of corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal are now out in the open and that justice will be done as the prime minister can no longer hide behind the veil of "official secrets act".

The Supreme Court allowed "leaked" documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government's preliminary objections claiming "privilege" over them.

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