Time Congress president stops lying about Rafale deal: Union minister Piyush Goyal...

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hit back at the Congress for “flogging a dead horse”, and claimed the BJP-led government negotiated a far better Rafale aircraft deal than what was agreed upon by the United Progressive Alliance.

“We have, of late, been experiencing the activities of a serial liar. Only an issue-less man can repeat a lie again and again,” Union minister Piyush Goyal said during a press conference.

“Repeating lie after lie, falsehood over falsehood is not going to help to change the reality. I think Congress party is an issue-less party and their leadership cannot understand the basic facts and possibly trying to hide their own wrongdoing,” Goyal said as he defended his government against Gandhi’s onslaught over the fighter jet deal.

Gandhi has repeatedly attacked the government and on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “corrupt person” who came to power “on the promise of fighting corruption”. He also said defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ongoing three-day visit to France was a part of a “great cover-up”.

The minister is expected to visit the French plane-maker Dassault Aviation’s Rafale fighter jet manufacturing facility outside Paris on Friday.

Several reports have alleged that Dassault was forced to choose Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government despite its having almost no experience in ...

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