Rahul again targets Jaitley over Rafale

Sujana Chowdary

The controversy surrounding Rafale deal has become a dominating topic of the Indian political discourse after Janta Ka Reporter exclusively published a two-part series exposing how PM Modi had helped his billionaire friend at the cost hundreds of thousands of crores of Indian taxpayers' money.

He also advised the Congress President to "learn" from Pranab Mukherjee "lessons on national security".

Citing past precedents, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday reiterated the Government's stand that pricing details of Rafale or any Defence transactions can not be made public. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. "These security pacts are inherent part of these defence contracts", he said. "And the manufactured issue is, please tell me the details of the Rafale deal", the finance minister said in the Lok Sabha referring to the demands by the Congress to make public details of the government-to-government deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

Rahul has been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 2016 deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets.

However, hitting back at Congress leader, Jaitley accused the grand-old-party of "seriously compromising" the country's security by seeking details of armaments purchased along with the aircraft. Jailtey cited similar kind of replies given by Mukherjee and Antony while rejecting the questions on pricing of Defence purchases earlier.

Pennsylvania's top court delivers scathing indictment of political gerrymandering
The court found the state's congressional district boundaries to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans . The high court rejected some of the new districts, for Raleigh and Charlotte, based on state constitutional concerns.

On Thursday, Gandhi took to Twitter to demand answers from the Government through Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Surjewala asked. "Why are the two ministers of the government speaking in two different voices?"

Questioned by a journalist outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan on whether he had used a spell check before putting out the tweet, Gandhi replied in mock surprise, "I need to look at the spell check".

"There can be only one answer and it is that there is something fishy about this", he said.

The Finance Minister also said that issues around the Railways and Petroleum will also be sorted out in consultation with the ministries concerned.

Related News:



Most liked

Restrictions imposed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Afzal Guru's hanging anniversary
Afzal was hanged on February 9, 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case. Government forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters at a couple of places.

India's central bank keeps key rate unchanged at 6 pct
But it now looks as though the first of two, or three hikes, could come in the first half of this year. Yields on two-year gilts rose to their highest level since 2015.

Snapchat stock soars 20% after ending losing streak
Anything else Snap thinks to do-like sell plush toys or video glasses-seems to be like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Finally, Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in Snap by 10,033.0% during the third quarter .

Arsenal complete Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing for club-record fee
Andy Carroll and Ashley Barnes were also considered, but Giroud signing is surely the best case scenario out of all them. Olivier Giroud has officially completed his deadline day move across London, joining Chelsea from rivals Arsenal .

23rd Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, S Korea today
An IOC spokesman was unable to confirm the reports when contacted by AFP . Russian Federation has denied any government links to the conspiracy.

Cadence Capital Management LLC Sells 5321 Shares of Duke Energy Corp (DUK)
It is negative, as 50 investors sold BA shares while 609 reduced holdings. 89 funds opened positions while 397 raised stakes. Brinker Capital Inc decreased Tri Contl Corp (NYSE:TY) stake by 62,319 shares to 42,314 valued at $1.08 million in 2017Q3.

Tongan flag bearer once again marches at Opening Ceremony shirtless
It was below freezing in Pyeongchang, South Korea , as Taufatofua strutted through the stadium like it was, well, a day at the beach.

CAS starts hearing appeals by 32 Russian athletes not invited to Olympics
On Monday, CAS President John Coates said it had taken note of Bach's concerns and they would be examined. All have previously served bans of various lengths for failed doping tests.

Tough-talking Canada stands to gain from diminished Russian team in Pyeongchang
It refused to clear some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week. Those six cases had been filed separately with applications by seven members of Russian support staff.

From July, HTTP is dead to Google Chrome
Over the past two years, the company has been steadily adding "Not secure" alerts to the browser to flag web pages still on HTTP. The warning follows with a link redirecting to Google's support page on how to determine if a website's connection is secure.

Mahrez back at Leicester training
Puel said he would not comment on swirling speculation over the player, whose absence is casting a shadow over the King Power Stadium.

Sensex opens over 500 points down amidst negative global cues
United States markets remained the epicentre of the global selloff, with the Dow plunging 4.1 per cent overnight. Reflecting the fall, the Sensex was down nearly 500 points and NSE around 150 points at 12 noon.

White House aide Rob Porter resigns
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the last name of White House counsel Don McGahn. Porter's departure will not be immediate and he was not pressured to leave, added the White House press secretary.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW)
Daiwa Securities Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Government Properties Income Trust by 43.8% during the 3rd quarter. UBS has "Neutral" rating and $113 target. (NYSE:PM) has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, January 4 by Bank of America.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce: Arsenal thrashing just blip
Allardyce insists last week's 5-1 thrashing at Arsenal was a "blip" and his players have already moved on from the humiliation. He went on to suggest that Hodgson had been "too indecisive" as England succumbed to defeat against Iceland at Euro 2016.