Rafale missiles..Rahul is serial liar says Modi minister, Cong says why Modi is 'maun', silence on Twitter

New Delhi, Oct 12: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party of repeatedly "spreading falsehood and lies" over the Rafale deal and called him a "serial liar".Addressing a press conference here, he said: "We have been witnessing the activities of a serial liar (Rahul Gandhi). I think only an issueless man can repeat a lie again and again, because he doesn't have any other issues."His remarks come in the wake of Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier saying that the company's joint venture with Reliance represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal and it was in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies to meet the requirements under the Defence Procurement Procedure of the Indian government."But even if a lie is repeated a hundred times it will never become a substitute for the truth. We have a gentleman manufacturing fake news and then trying to spread it."Repeating lie after lie, falsehood after falsehood, was not going to change the reality. The Congress is an issueless party, their leadership cannot understand basic figures, basic elementary facts," Goyal said.He said the Congressmen were possibly trying to hide their own misdemeanours of 2012 when under the pressure of the first family (Gandhi family) they cancelled important negotiations over the deal to benefit their associates and compromised national security.Hailing the Modi government for the timely signing of the Rafale deal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said: "We have a crystal clear situation keeping national interest and the security of the nation as paramount."He said that the BJP government decided to expedite the purchase of very crucial and critical defence equipment."We have been able to negotiate terms which are far better than what was the UPA terms between 2007 and 2012. We have been able to get faster delivery, longer maintenance tenure, better availability of spare parts and the much needed capabilities particularly in the adversarial situation at the border," he said.Referring to Trappier's comments, the BJP leader said that since the "implementation of offset was an obligation under the Indian regulation" also drafted under the UPA, they themselves choose the partners to implement the offsets"."The CEO has confirmed that of their volition and choice they chose a particular company with which their discussions and contracts are persisting since 2012," he said.Slamming the Congress, Goyal said, "The Reliance Dassault agreement dates back to 2012 and it immediately raises the question whether the Congress was trying to deflect its own misdeeds by cancelling the entire process because the French side was not willing to give business to a close associate of the first family i.e. Sanjay Bhandari."The BJP leader also said that even the Supreme Court has "categorically refused to discuss the price and technical details of Rafale which are sensitive for the security of country".Gandhi on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "corrupt" and asked him to quit following revelations that inclusion of an Indian private defence partner was an "imperative and obligatory" condition for awarding the contract.

Dismissing the ruling BJPs latest bid to defend the Rafale deal, the Congress on Friday demanded that the Modi government give "factual answers about irregularities in the deal instead of indulging in whataboutery".Soon after Railways Minister Piyush Goyal accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of "spreading falsehood and lies" over the deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets, the party questioned why the NDA government was shying away from a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe.The Congress also sought answers over the issues of "corruption and irregularities" in the deal announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015. "One after the other, BJP ministers keep coming up with different justifications without answering any of the basic questions that the Congress has been raising since the deal was announced. Instead of giving factual answers to our questions they indulge in whataboutery," Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told the media here. "The country doesn't want adjectives for Rahul Gandhi or what his father did or his mother did. The country wants answers on the Rafale deal, which the BJP and the government has been unable to give," said Khera. Ridiculing Gandhi's Thursday charges of corruption against Modi, Goyal called him a "serial liar". The Union Minister's remarks came in the wake of Rafale-maker Dassault Aviation's CEO Eric Trappier saying that the company's joint venture with Reliance represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the jets deal and it was in negotiations with about a 100 Indian companies.Khera said that the BJP was trying to "defend the indefensible" and reiterated its demand for a JPC probe. "They keep coming with one or the other justification. Every time, their lies are exposed. They continue to hide behind the confidentiality clause when the fact is that both Dassault and Reliance, in their annual reports, have revealed the price of the jets. "They denied any hand in the ouster of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) from the deal but were exposed again when Trappier said that their agreement with HAL was on track. Further, HAL ex-chief T.S. Raju too said that the Indian aircraft maker had entered into a work-share agreement with Dassault," said Khera. "Why does the government shiver over a JPC. Let them submit to it all the questions which we and the country have been raising. Their lies have been exposed every time but they continue to refuse to give factual answers to any of the questions raised," added Khera.The Congress has twice petitioned the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for a special and forensics audit and also moved the Central Vigilance Commission seeking a probe and seizure of deal documents. Besides questioning the "inflated" price of the jets, the Congress has also been targeting the Centre over the propriety of a newly-founded private company getting the Rs 30,000-crore Rafale IANSoffset contract at the cost of the state-owned HAL.Following fresh revelations in the French media over the choice of offset partner, Gandhi on Thursday called Modi "corrupt" and asked him to quit if he failed to respond to the charges. IANS