- Congress attacks government over Rafale deal in parliament
- Party leaders raised slogans, waived placards and staged a walkout
- MP Sunil Jakhar brought paper plane, said he deserves Rafale contract
The Rafale fighter jet deal sponsored some of the most piercing attacks yet by the opposition on the government as Congress leaders raised slogans, waved placards and demanded a joint parliamentary committee probe into the high-profile defence contract on the last day of the current session of parliament. Waving a paper plane model, one Congress leader even demanded that he be given the contract.
"I can make a better Rafale (fighter aircraft), please give me the contract," Congress MP Sunil Jakhar said today, before his party members staged a walkout after a noisy protest demanding the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee or JPC to probe the alleged scam in the Rafale deal.
Mr Jakhar demonstrated with the paper replica of the fighter aircraft during the Zero Hour as Congress members assembled in front of the Speaker, raising slogans. Congress members waved placards which read 'Modi's Rafale Gate' and set up 'JPC set up karo'.
"Madam, I want permission to present the replica of the Rafale on the table of the House. Please permit that. I can make a better Rafale than (an industrialist) who has no experience in manufacturing one," Mr Jakhar said.
"I have been practising it since last night," the Congress MP added, flaunting the paper replica of aircraft.
Leader of the Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge also alleged that the deal was a scam "worth thousands of crores."
Mr Kharge also said that there was no quorum which was against the values of the House. "We are walking out," he said. He then led the Congress members to stage a walkout.