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BJP to hold 70 press conferences to expose Congress says Amit Shah

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Exposing Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold 70 press conferences across the country from December 17 onwards, said BJP chief Amit Shah.  He said that Congress has messed up with country’s defence and conspired against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government by raising Rafale deal.

The announcement of holding mass press conference came after the Central government on Saturday filed an application before the Supreme Court and sought correction in its December 14 order where the court had ruled that there was nothing wrong with the Rafale deal.

It is to be noted that the Modi-led government has been accused of misleading the top court in this case. To clear things, the government has filed an application stating that the pricing aspect of the Rafale deal, checked by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), has not been probed by the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as of now.

An urgent correction has been sought by the Centre in the wording of a particular paragraph of the Apex Court verdict. It said that the observations in the top court’s judgment have resulted in a controversy.

In the run-up to the assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, the Congress had allocated 50 leaders to hold press conferences in 100 cities across the country to “expose” and “cornor” the Modi government over the Rafale deal.

On Saturday, Indian Youth Congress workers marched to India Gate demanding the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to examine the issue. The Congress has also been submitting adjournment motions in Parliament to discuss the Rafale deal.

In its order on Friday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a batch of petitions that had requested investigation into the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal that was signed between India and French defence manufacturer Dassault Aviation. Under the deal, India will be procuring 36 fighter jets from Dassault Aviation.

Also read: Rafale deal verdict: Centre requests Supreme Court to correct ‘factual error’