Guwahati: In a bid to corner the Congress party and its president Rahul Gandhi following the Supreme Court verdict on Rafale deal, the Assam unit of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a massive protest rally in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Supporters came out in large numbers to march from Ganeshguri area towards Rajiv Bhawan, the headquarters of the Assam Congress, shouting slogans against the party and its leadership for “misleading” the country. The BJP supporters also demanded the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to tender unconditional apology to the nation for “maligning the image of Parliament”.
Lauding the apex court verdict, earlier this week, which validated the multi-crore deal to purchase the fighter jets, state BJP secretary Dilip Sakia said, “At a time when the government was ready to discuss the matter on the floor of the House, Rahul Gandhi, as an MP, had maligned its reputation by stalling the proceedings of the House. He should have gone to the SC first before demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) review. He should have shown respect to the SC decision.”
The BJP leader also reiterated its demand that the Congress president should tender apology to the nation for lying and spreading his politically motivated propaganda.
“The hue and cry made by the Congress party was nothing but its election campaign ahead of the assembly elections in five states,” Saikia alleged.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has termed the BJP move to gherao the office of the Opposition party as immature. When contacted, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma said, “When the Congress was in power, the party allowed JPC reviews on VVIP chopper scam, Bofors scam, 2G scam, whenever the Opposition demanded for inquiries.”
Criticising the BJP of misleading the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal, Sharma further said, “Why they are denying a JPC inquiry into the Rafale deal?”
While blame game continues between both the parties, the Centre has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court seeking corrections in its ruling for the Rafale deal case after the apex court dismissed pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rs 58,000-crore inter-governmental deal.
Facing allegations of misleading the SC, the government said it made a "typing error" which was misinterpreted by the apex court in its affidavit filed earlier. The government had earlier told SC that pricing and other details have been shared with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has subsequently reviewed a report filed by the latter.
In the affidavit filed, the government said it only cited the procedure of the process for filing the report.