BJP to hold protests against Cong’s comment on Rafale, demands Rahul’s apology

BJP to hold protests against Cong’s comment on Rafale, demands Rahul’s apology

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New Delhi, Nov 15 : BJP workers will hold demonstrations at district level against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's unfounded statements in Rafale deal, demanding an apology from him over his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party announced on Friday.

''It is unfortunate that Rahul Gandhi has been lying constantly in public life and for the first time it has happened that the leader of a national party had to file an apology before the Supreme Court,'' BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav said addressing a press conference here.

The protests are starting from Delhi today and will continue across the country, he maintained.

Mr Yadav said under the leadership of the Prime Minister , the way national security has been strengthened by modernisation of military forces, giving them modern equipment and the security standard was raised, is a welcome step in itself.

The Supreme Court's decision has increased government's credibility as it is moving ahead on corruption-free and transparent governance under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi in this country, the BJP leader maintained.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed petitions seeking a review of its earlier judgment upholding the purchase of Rafale jets and accepted Mr Gandhi's apology for 'chowkidar chor hai' jibe against Prime Minister Modi.

"Rafale review petitions dismissed. Not within scope of judicial review under Article 32. No need to register an FIR by CBI," a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said in an unanimous judgment.

''After the decision of the apex court, Rahul Gandhi should accept public opinion. BJP workers will gather at every district level tomorrow and demand that Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the country for lying to the people, '' Mr Yadav said.

It is unfortunate that Congress has been lying even in matters like national security, he said, adding ''in a democracy, a battle of ideas can go on, but when a fight of lies goes on, the public has to come forward.''

Congress had lied shamelessly in Rafale case and issued undignified statements, he asserted.

In the contempt case against Mr Gandhi, the bench said that his first affidavit in which he didn't apologise, was taken into consideration. But, in his second affidavit, Mr Gandhi had tendered an apology.

"Thereby the court decided that no need to take any action against him," the bench said.

"Apology accepted, case is closed now," it added and warned Mr Gandhi to be more careful in future.

Mr Gandhi had made an anti-Modi "chowkidar chor hai" jibe on April 10, the day the Supreme Court had nixed the Centre's preliminary objections over admissibility of certain documents for supporting the review pleas against its December 14 last year verdict in the Rafale case. (UNI)