Guj: Cong to launch agitation against Modi govt’s Rafale deal

The Congress will launch an agitation in Gujarat against what the party claimed were scams in the Centre’s purchase of the French-built Rafale fighteraircraft and the state government’s procurement of groundnuts, the party’s Gujarat in charge Rajeev Satav said today.

The Congress’ Lok Sabha MP from Hingoli in Maharashtra said that the agitation, which would begin in September, would demand the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the Rafale purchase as well as inquiry by a sittingSupreme Court judge into the groundnut procurement.

He said that party leaders would address press conferences across Gujarat till September 6 to apprise people of the irregularities in the Rafale deal.

“We will be demanding the setting up of a JPC in the Rs 41,025 crore Rafale deal and judicial probe by a Supreme Court judge in the Rs 4,000 crore groundnut procurement scam.” Satav said.

“The district-level agitation will be held between September 7-15 while the state-level protest will be carried out between September 16-30,” he said.