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Rahul slams BJP again over JeM chief's release, Rafale

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Chennai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday reiterated that the BJP government had released JeM chief Masood Azhar and asked what the Narendra Modi regime had done to protect the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack.

Addressing a press conference here, the Gandhi scion said: "The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) needs to explain why they sent that criminal (Azhar) back to Pakistan."

Attacking National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, yet again, Gandhi stressed that he was involved in the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief's release.

Gandhi had earlier ridiculed Doval by saying that he had "escorted" Azhar -- who was in an Indian jail and released due to the IC 814 hijacking episode -- to Kandahar in a "special aircraft" in 1999.

"Why was Azhar released... National Security advisor is involved in that (in his release)," Gandhi said.

"What did the government do to protect the CRPF personnel..." he further asked.

Targeting the Union government on the Rafale aircraft deal, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ran a "parallel negotiation".

Gandhi said while there was no question about the jet's capability, the issue was about corruption and there was a need to probe it.

Asked if the party would scrap the deal if voted to power, Gandhi said: "That is a technical decision... We do not have information on that."

But the question of corruption is crystal clear... The prime minister is a "corrupt" man, bypassed negotiations, ran parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal, he said.

"The only question we are raising is that Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Anil Ambani have stolen Rs 30,000 crore... We will have investigation and (I am) 100 per cent certain... On the back of that investigation, they will be convicted," he added.

The charge has been repeatedly denied by the Modi government and the Reliance group.

Probe Robert Vadra, but also investigate PM Modi: Rahul Gandhi
Asserting that law must not be applied selectively, Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday said if his brother-in-law Robert Vadra can be probed so can Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the Rafale deal.

He also said economic growth is directly related to the mood of the nation and one cannot expect it to happen in a negative and fearful atmosphere.

The Congress will change the mood of the country and make people feel happy and empowered, the Congress chief said while addressing women students at a college here. Gandhi, who asked students to refer to him as Rahul, said the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively.

He said this in response to a question on Vadra, who is being probed in connection with a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan's Bikaner district.

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