hemant_sai wrote:More than RaGa, I am amazed at BJP leadership. They are not able to stop his outright lies. It appears that for RaGa, there is just no fear for shouting lies and in-fact after recent state-wins, he must be thinking - "Wow !!! It works. It is so easy just repeat-n-repeat". There is no price to pay for lying.
Next thing is Innovative online media. They are following same lines of Raga as if there is no price to pay for lying.
BJP is only relying on its social-media workforce to counter them. What about setting discipline? Does parliament not having enough powers to make its elected members responsible for what they speak in parliament and as official party statements to press? Why print media is not taken to task for publishing outright lies and not even apologizing for it?
Hemant, while the Modi Govt could have done more in aggressively tackling this issue...there are sinister forces at work and all are working in tandem to derail the Rafale deal. I will leave it your imagination whose these forces are, but some are foreign.
Since the deal was signed in Sept 2016, the Congress has furiously tried to find some evidence of a scam. The Congress' effort really got underway in November 2017 and since then through various channels (media, interviews, Parliament debate, etc) have kept the drum beating. In Sept 2018, the Congress Party got a big break with former French President Francois Hollande stating that France had no role in choosing the offset partner and they were asked to choose Anil Ambani's company.
Then joyous rapture fell on the Congress Party, again in Sept 2018, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the petitioners case against the Rafale deal. Two wins in one month were too much for the Congress Party to handle. Some in the Congress may have got hallucinations of finally envisioning themselves in a new Congress led Govt in 2019. I am sure Rahul Gandhi was measuring the drapes in a mock up of the Prime Minister's Office. But the Hollande statement turned out to be false and Hollande himself did a volte-face on his statement. And in December 2018, the second earthquake for the Congress came when the verdict was in the favour of the Govt.
The Supreme Court verdict was too much for the Congress Party to handle. They found it hard to reconcile themselves to the decision and blamed the three Supreme Court judges of being incapable of rendering a verdict in this deal, because they were not competent enough to judge the merits of the deal. They wanted everyone to ignore the fact, that they were the ones who went to the Supreme Court in the first place. Even prior to the Supreme Court verdict coming out, they tried a new strategy called JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) probe. But the Modi Govt held firm and waited for the Supreme Court verdict to come out. When that verdict came out in the Govt's favour, the JPC probe went out the window.
Now when the CAG report is being tabled to Parliament, the Congress is now trying a new tactic. They are stating that the CAG report on the Rafale is biased as the head of the CAG was the Finance Secretary in the Modi Govt when the deal was announced between India and France in 2015. When an institution (Supreme Court, Comptroller and Auditor General, Ministry of Defence, Indian Air Force) does not gel with the Congress' allegation, then the institution is biased, lying or just plain dumb. Veerappa Moily even called Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa a liar for agreeing with the Government's position. Amazing logic! When the IAF's senior leadership (ACM Dhanoa, Air Marshal Nambiar, Air Marshal SBP Sinha, etc) are saying that there is no scam, why would anyone believe there is? They have no skin in this game, politically.
To quote a recent tweet ---> Everyone Is Lying. Only Rahul Harishchandra
Gandhi is telling the truth!
Now the former editor of The Hindu newspaper has surprisingly got his hands on sensitive documents pertaining to the Rafale deal. Every now and then, he lets out tantalizing (and redacted) tidbits of supposed rancour between the PMO and the MoD. First it was parallel negotiations that the PMO was conducting. When that failed (because the entire document was released), now the new allegation that cropped up in the Hindu editorial is that the PMO waived anti-corruption clauses in the Rafale deal. Congress' friends in the media are continually fanning these fake allegations and written communications between ministries and the PMO are being leaked to the media for political gain. More "fake
" skeletons will come out of the closet as India chooses its next government in a few months. The MoD should be seriously looking into how the former editor of The Hindu got his hands on these documents.
Anything to win an election. Anything. This will not end even with the election though. The only way to stop this nonsense to find solid evidence of collusion between the Congress and these sinister forces. That will end this tamasha once in for all.