Hours after the Supreme Court’s clean chit to the government on the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the basis of the court’s decision and declared: “Chowkidar chor hai! PM Modi you can hide and run, you won’t be saved. The day there is an inquiry it will come out… Narendra Modi, Anil Ambani.”
The Congress president also raised questions about the Supreme Court judgement referring to a CAG or Comptroller and Auditor General report on the pricing of the 36 Rafale jets to be purchased from France’s Dassault.
Rahul Gandhi said though the court had said that the auditor’s report had been examined by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and was in the public domain, no one had seen it, not even senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who heads the PAC.
“The basic foundation of the Supreme Court judgement is the CAG report. PAC chairman has not seen the CAG report. Yet the court has seen it. Where is the CAG report? Show us? Maybe it was shown to the France parliament? Maybe PM Modi has his own PAC in PMO (Prime Minister’s office)… since he has destroyed every institution.”
Referring to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the three states the Congress has wrested from the BJP in recent state polls, Mr Gandhi said: “Farmers remember, your loans will be waived. These thieves took your money. The entire country knows chowkidar chor hai.”