Sonia Gandhi leads opposition protest against Rafale deal

Sonia Gandhi leads opposition protest against Rafale deal outside the Parliament on Friday. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi, August 10 (PTI): Members of the opposition in the Parliament launched a protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on the last day of the Monsoon Session, demanding answers from it over the alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.  

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a protest over the issue in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statute in Parliament complex.

Opposition lawmakers, including Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Communist Party of India's D. Raja, Aam Aadmi Party member Sushil Gupta held the protest outside Parliament, holding placards and raising slogans demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into the issue.

Congress members on Thursday had created an uproar in the Lok Sabha demanding a probe into the Rafale deal by a JPC, forcing an adjournment of the proceedings. They want a JPC probe into the deal and a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the government prepares to table the much-debated Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Sonia, when asked about the issue, told reporters, “Our party's position is absolutely clear on this, I will not say anything further on this.”

Sonia Gandhi and other opposition members protesting against the Rafale deal outside the Parliament. Picture by Prem Singh


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