‘Parrikar Has Rafale Files in Bedroom, Holding Govt to Ransom’: Congress minister accuses Manohar Parrikar
New Delhi: Wednesday began with Congress accusing ex-Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of keeping important papers regarding Rafale deal “in his bedroom.” Parrikar denied the allegations saying that Congress is fabricating the facts.
Ahead of the Triple Talaq debate in Rajya Sabha, the Congress released an audio tape of Goa’s health minister Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane, in which he purportedly made the sensational claim about Parrikar holding on to the files.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala came out with a conversation purportedly between Goa minister Vishwajit Rane and another person unknown person. Surjewala played the audio outside the Raj Sabha today.
In the audio Rane could be heard purportedly saying that Parrikar had an entire file and all documents relating to the Rafale deal lying in the bedroom of his flat and no one could remove him. Surjewala played this purported conversation for the media outside Parliament.
The Congress has been alleging for some time now that Parrikar is not being removed as Goa CM despite his ill health as he has some incriminating documents on the Rafale deal.
Parrikar reacted that this Congress’ attempt in fabricating facts.
“The audio clip released by the Congress party is a desperate attempt to fabricate facts after their lies were exposed by the recent Supreme Court verdict on Rafale,” Parrikar wrote in a tweet that Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Minister for Defence, shared with her own followers.
“No such discussion ever came up during Cabinet or any other meeting,” Parrikar said on Wednesday.