Arun Jaitley accused Rahul Gandhi of 'lying and repeating falsehood' on the Rafale issue and claimed that 'conspirators' in past defence scams are now raising fingers at the Narendra Modi government
New Delhi: Paper planes flew in the Parliament on Wednesday as the nation saw a fiery altercation between the government and the Congress over the Rafale controversy.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was soon shut down by finance minister Arun Jaitley, who accused Gandhi of "lying and repeating falsehood" on the Rafale issue and claimed that "conspirators" in past defence scams are now raising fingers at the Narendra Modi government.
Responding to the Opposition leader's allegations during a discussion on Rafael issue in Lok Sabha, he said Gandhi has a "natural dislike for truth" and had earlier manufactured his conversation with the French president, which was denied by the French government.
"We are all utterly disappointed because every word he has said has been denied by the Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court speaks on an issue, it is the last word," he said.
Targeting the Gandhi family, Jaitley said some people and families understand the arithmetic of money but cannot comprehend issues of national security.
The finance minister also raised AgustaWestland, National Herald cases and made a veiled reference to Ottavio Quattrocchi to attack the Congress leadership.
With PTI inputs
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Last Updated Jan 2, 2019, 5:31 PM IST