Parrikar trying to blackmail PM: Jaipal Reddy

first_imgFormer Union Minister and AICC spokesman Jaipal Reddy reiterated on Friday that the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal.He said his party had never approached the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.“We are ready for discussion in Parliament, but we want JPC because it can ask for all the documents and call every officer, including Chiefs of Defence Forces and the Prime Minister, before it,” Mr. Reddy told a press conference at the Congress headquarters here. Mr. Reddy, in Goa on a two-day visit to address his party’s “Jan Akrosh” rally demanding ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, said the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was afraid of facts in the Rafale deal and wanted to “avoid the dazzling light of truth.” Mr. Reddy accused former Defence Minister Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Rafale deal to retain his Chief Minister post. “Mr. Parrikar as Defence Minister was not taken into confidence by the PM while signing the deal and the next day Mr. Parrikar was on record stating that since the Prime Minister had agreed, he would back him.”last_img

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