Gandhi launched a scathing attack on defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, accusing the NDA of "magically" increasing the cost of each Rafale aircraft that India had procured from France. "The French President (Emmanuel Macron) said that before me". Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur stood up and took objection to Gandhi's hug saying he can not do this "pappi-jhappi moment" in the House. "I thank you for teaching me the meaning of being a Hindu, of Lord Shiva".More news: There's never been a U.S. president as tough on Russian Federation
Rahul Gandhi had levelled allegations against the Modi-led government that the Rafale deal with France under the BJP regime was done to benefit one particular businessman. Compulsions of state politics made it necessary for the BJD to remain equidistant from both the Congress and BJP.More news: Barca back with £55m-plus bid for Willian
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, also took to Twitter to appreciate Gandhi's speech and jaw-dropping hugging gesture. "India will be watching us closely", Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today. "In every speech of his he said that he would give employment to 2 crore people every year but the reality is very different", Gandhi said. "They call us Punjabis as nashedi (drug addicts)". But they can not afford to lose power. "It is this fear that is turning as anger", said the Amethi MP. "It misused the provision to destabilise his government", he said. Congress said it has the support of other opposition parties which has been brought "to show the mirror to the government", highlight the various issues concerning the people of the country and ensure that the truth reaches them. The 2008 deal was replaced by a confidentiality pact in 2018 that continued to shield the Indian government from revealing classified information on defence deals, including the Rafale contract. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the details of the deal can not be revealed since a secrecy agreement was signed in 2008 with France and Rafale deal was also covered in it.More news: Andrew Lincoln Leaving 'The Walking Dead' in Season 9 - Rick Dies?