UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a press conference in Guwahati on Monday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Congress alleging the grand old party of misleading the nation on the high-profile Rafale fighter jet deal.

Terming the Congress’ incessant campaign on ‘Rafale scam’ a lie, Adityanath demanded that party president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders should apologise to the people as the Supreme Court has validated the Rafale deal.

Adityanath was addressing the media at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara in Guwahati as part of the BJP’s latest move to attack the Congress party over the Rafale issue by holding simultaneous press conferences across the country.

“Rahul Gandhi and his party leaders have threatened the national security by initiating a repeated lie about the Rafale deal. Being the oldest party, the Congress should give some importance to national security. They should not lead people astray by disseminating misinformation,” said CM Adityanath.

The priest turned politician also said, “Ill-motivated allegations and moves to bring the Rafale deal to the SC brought distress to the country and army.”

The BJP has initiated a countrywide campaign after the Supreme Court on Friday said there was no wrongdoing in he purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Since then, there has been a war of words between the two parties.

While the Congress kept its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to examine the deal, BJP has challenged it to debate the issue in Parliament. The UP CM, who was on a one-day visit to Assam, said that the JPC is a small group while Parliament is a constitutional institution where the BJP would debate the Rafale deal with the Congress.

Referring to the ‘mistake in government’s submission to the SC’, the UP CM said, “The SC will review the government’s affidavit.” He also added that the SC has already validated the deal.

Yogi Adityanath also accused the Congress for its inability to take a decision and said, “After Kargil war, development of Army was suggested and accordingly plans were prepared. But the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government could not make any decision on purchasing fighter jets.” He further said, “The Congress did not find any middleman like Christian Michel to initiate the deal.”

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