Rahul Gandhi a lobbyist of aircraft suppliers: Ravi Shankar Prasad
NEW DELHI: The Modi government on Tuesday retorted to Congress
president Rahul Gandhi’s charge over the Rafale fighter deal and
called him a "lobbyist of competitive plane supplier
Talking to mediapersons shortly after Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of committing treason, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the outset that the email Rahul Gandhi was referring to concerned Airbus planes and not Rafale fighter aircraft.
The minister said, "It is our very serious charge with full sense of responsibility that Rahul Gandhi is working as a lobbyist of competitive plane supplier companies."
Prasad alleged that the Congress leaders become brokers when they are in power and are lobbyists when they are in the opposition. "Let Rahul Gandhi first explain from where did he get the internal email of Airbus. Who is supplying him?" The minister said during the Congress-led UPA rule, the whole cabinet note would reach “Michelle Mama”. He was referring to alleged middleman Christian Michelle.
Prasad said Airbus itself is under suspicion in several deals that took place during the UPA rule. "Airbus had transferred more than Rs 100 crore in UPA government’s confidante Rajiv Talwar in Singapore," he said.
Gandhi is roaming around with email of companies which are under suspicion, he added.
Earlier in the day, Rahul had charged Modi with treason for, what he called, breaching the Official Secrets Act and demanded that the latter should be tried for this “grave offence”.
Gandhi alleged that Modi was acting as a middleman of businessman Anil Ambani.
Quoting an email from an Airbus executive to french officials, he alleged what Modi had done amounted to treason, “nothing less”.
“He (Modi) is doing what spies do. He is under oath to protect these secrets. But he has given these secrets to others. This itself is criminal and puts him in jail,” Gandhi said.