ALL INDIA CONGRESS COMMITTEE
24, AKBAR ROAD, NEW DELHI
Highlights of the speech in the Parliament House: 02 January 2019
Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi spoke while participating in discussion Under Rule 193 on Rafale deal in Lok Sabha.
Shri Rahul Gandhi said Madam Speaker; I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all my colleagues and to the youngsters who have come to see the speech today and also to all the citizens of the country. It is a tragedy that our friends in the AIADMK are not allowing a debate and are trying to protect the Prime Minister. This debate is about the Rafale issue and it is a tragedy that Members of the AIADMK who represent Tamil Nadu are doing the service for the BJP. Anyway, as an opposition leader my job is to raise questions on the Government. I watched part of the interview of the Prime Minister yesterday and he spoke for almost one and a half hours on different issues and in the interview he said that no one is raising the question with regard to him on Rafale. That no one is accusing the Prime Minister on Rafale. Well, I would like to say in the House that is not true, the entire nation is asking a direct question about the Prime Minister and the entire Nation is asking why the Prime Minister can speak for one and a half hour in a staged interview and not answer the fundamental questions of Rafale.
The questions of Rafale occurs on three pillars – the first pillar is the process with regard to the deal. The second pillar is the pricing and the third and most interesting pillar is Paisa patronage. So I would like to say a little bit about these three pillars and these are the questions that we have been asking the Prime Minister from the beginning. The Rafale aircraft was chosen after dedicated work - after eight years of work by the Air Force. Senior officers of the Air Force chose the Rafale aircraft after a long negotiations and Air Force wanted 126 aircrafts. Now the question is why was the demand for 126 aircraft changed to 36 aircrafts. Who changed the requirement of the Air Force from 126 to 36? Did something changed with the requirement of national security? Did the Air Force request the Government, did the Air Force ask the Government, tell the Government, No, we do not want 126 planes; we want only 36 planes? That is one question. In other related question, the excuse given for 36 aircraft was that we needed the aircraft urgently. Well, then I would like to ask a question – if you needed the aircraft urgently, why is it that not a single Rafale aircraft has landed on Indian soil until today. The entire procedure of the deal from the beginning to the end, was bye passed. The Defence Minister Mr. Parrikar was asked whether he knew about the new deal that bye passed the old deal. Mr. Parrikar himself said I have no idea about the new deal. The Defence Minister stated that the Cabinet Committee on Security which is supposed to authorize any deal gave no authorization. This is a known fact. It has come out in a large number of newspapers but the Prime Minister, does not have a comment. So, one fundamental question - starting question for the Prime Minister you change the old deal of 126 aircrafts and replaced it with a new deal of 36 aircrafts. Did the Air Force changed their demand for the number of planes or did you unilaterally, without asking the Air Force, changed this demand. So that is question No. 1.
The second question – and this is the question on pricing. Everybody knows that the Rafale aircraft which UPA was going to buy was going to be bought for Rs. 526 crore an aircraft, this is a fact, everybody knows it. When Shri Narendra Modi Ji went to France, he met the then President of France Mr. Hollande and a new deal was constructed. The price of the aircraft under the new deal went from Rs. 526 crore to Rs. 1,600 crore. So, the next question to the Prime Minister is why did the price go from Rs. 526 crore to Rs. 1,600 crore? Why did the President of France, in a public statement, clearly say that the Prime Minister of India himself told me that the new price would be valid and the contract would be taken away from HAL and given to Shri Ambani at his behest? Another question to the Prime Minister is that is it not a fact that the new price that you negotiated, Rs. 1,600 crore, was objected to by the Defence Ministry officials. Is there an objection to this new price put forward by the Defence Ministry that is another question on pricing?
Finally, we come to the questions of paisa or patronage. Now, HAL has been making Aircrafts for 70 years. The GNAT Aircraft was responsible for winning the 1965 war. The Sukhoi Su-30 Aircraft, Mirage Aircraft, The MiG-27 Aircraft, these were all helped, the HAL constructed these Aircrafts. So, HAL has a tremendous record and HAL is the potential future aviation industry of this country. HAL gives jobs to thousands of youngsters and HAL is the bedrock of technology in this country, has tremendous successes. On the other side, Mr. Anil Ambani is a failed businessman; Rs. 45,000 crores in debt Mr. Anil Ambani opens a company 10 days before he receives the HAL contract. The President of France says the Prime Minister of India has ordered us to give this contract to Mr. Anil Ambani.
Mr. Anil Ambani has a plot of land, which was purchased by money given by Dassault to Mr. Anil Ambani. So, the next question is Dear Prime Minister, why did you give this contract to your dear friend Mr. Anil Ambani and cost the exchequer Rs. 30,000 crore? Why did you take this contract away from HAL and give Mr. Anil Ambani Rs. 30,000 crores? I see here, the Defence Minister is sitting, hiding behind the AIADMK people. I can see her hiding and I can see her smiling. The same Defence Minister, who publically stated that price is a secret, negotiated with Mr. Macron. In my last speech, I made it very clear that the Defence Minister was contradicted by Mr. Macron himself, who personally told me Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Anand Sharma that the French Government and Mr. Emmanuel Macron have no issue with India being told the price of the Rafale Jets. So, friends, there are a number of holes in the Rafale story and you will recall that the last time the Prime Minister came and listened to my speech. You will recall that the Prime Minister came and gave a long speech of one and half hour where he did not talk for five minutes about Rafale. So, it is very clear that the Prime Minister does not have the guts to come to Parliament and confront the questions. The Defence Minister hides behind the AIADMK people and the Prime Minister hides in his room.
Now, with your permission speaker Madam, I would like to, play a little tape recording that has been released today in the media. Do I have your permission speaker Madam to play a little tape recording; this is a tape recording of the Health Minister of Goa. Do I have your permission Madam? I can play it Madam?
Shri Rahul Gandhi said- Madam, I would like to in the spirit of the 21st century- I would like to play this recording. It is a recording of a Minister in the Goa Government, where he is clearly stating something. The Chief Minister of Goa has stated in a Cabinet meeting. Madam, do I have your permission? Madam, if you are not giving me permission because they are scared, I will read the transcript of the recording. Good Evening Sir, Boss, Good Evening, I had called today. There was a …… (interruptions)
So, Madam, I understand that they are very terrified of this type of thing. So, Madam, I will not play the tape. If it makes you happy, I will not play the tape. (The House adjourned)
श्री राहुल गांधी ने कहा कि मैडम, जैसा मैंने कहा था कि जो टेप रिकोर्डिंग मेरे पास है, मैं वो प्ले नहीं करुंगा।
तो दो तीन और सवाल उठते हैं। एक बड़ा सवाल उठता है कि पुराने कॉन्ट्रैक्ट में एच.ए.एल. हवाई जहाज बनाती है बैंगलोर में, बाकी प्रदेशों में हवाई जहाज बनता और ये बहुत बड़ा कॉन्ट्रैक्ट है, तो लाखों युवाओं को इस राफेल हवाई जहाज बनाने का मौका और सम्मान (honor) मिलता। तो आपने एच.ए.एल. से कॉन्ट्रैक्ट छीना और अनिल अंबानी को कॉन्ट्रैक्ट दिया। अंबानी का भी नाम नहीं ले सकते, क्या मना है, अनिल अंबानी का भी मना है? May be he is the member of BJP, Mam, double AA भी नहीं कह सकता। तो डबल ए को कॉन्ट्रैक्ट दिया गया और पूरे के पूरे हवाई जहाज फ्रांस में बनेंगे। यहाँ जो युवा आए हैं, इनके हाथों से भी रोजगार छीना गया। ‘मेक इन इंडिया’ की बात हुई, लेकिन राफेल मामले में दुनिया का एक सबसे बड़ा डिफेंस कॉन्ट्रैक्ट ‘मेड इन फ्रांस’ हुआ, नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने करवाया।
थोड़ा सा मैं सुप्रीम कोर्ट की जजमेंट के बारे में भी कहना चाहता हूं। सरकार के लोग कहते हैं कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने राफेल मामले पर निर्णय लिया, लेकिन सच्चाई ये है कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सिर्फ ये कहा है कि राफेल पर जांच करना हमारी ज्यूरिस्डिक्शन में नहीं है। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने ये नहीं कहा है कि जेपीसी लागू नहीं होनी चाहिए और संसदीय जांच नहीं होनी चाहिए।
आज एक और आर्टिकल आया है, एक न्यूज एजेंसी में एक आर्टिकल आया है, जिसमें लिखा है कि डिफेंस मिनिस्ट्री की फाइल नोटिंग्स में डिफेंस मिनिस्टर ने कहा है कि प्रधानमंत्री जी को राफेल के नेगोसियेशन में इंटरफियर नहीं करना चाहिए। ये बहुत बड़ा सवाल है, क्या ऐसी कोई फाइल नोटिंग्स है? जिसमें डिफेंस मिनिस्ट्री के अफसरों ने लिखा है कि प्रधानमंत्री को राफेल के नेगोसियेशन में इंटरफियर नहीं करना चाहिए? ये बहुत बड़ा मुद्दा है, इसका भी जवाब प्रधानमंत्री जी दें।
आखिरी बात मैं कहना चाहता हूं कि ये जो टेप निकली है, जिसमें गोवा के मुख्यमंत्री ने कैबिनेट मीटिंग में सबके सामने बोला, मेरे पास राफेल की फाइलें पड़ी हुई हैं, मेरे घर में पड़ी हुई हैं और राफेल का पूरा का पूरा सच मेरे पास है। Has the Ex. Defence Minister of India, the files of Rafale in his cup board? He has stated this to his Cabinet and it has been authenticated by a Cabinet Minister of the Government of Goa, who belongs to the BJP.
जब राफेल का मामला शुरु हुआ, हमने सोचा था दाल में कुछ काला है और हमने शुरुआत की, प्राईसिंग की बात निकली, अनिल अंबानी की बात निकली, प्रोसिजर की बात निकली, मेक्रों जी ने टिप्पणी दी, ओलांद जी ने टिप्पणी दी, दो साल के बाद पता लगा दाल में कुछ काला नहीं है, दाल ही काली है। काली दाल है।
मैडम, We demand a JPC in this matter, बीजेपी के नेताओं से मैं कहता हूं, ड़रने की कोई जरुरत नहीं है, जेपीसी लागू कीजिए, दूध का दूध पानी का पानी हो जाएगा। देश को पता लग जाएगा कि नरेन्द्र मोदी जी, जिन पर देश ने भरोसा किया था, नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने स्वयं डबल ए की जेब में 30,000 करोड़ रुपए डाले, पूरे के पूरे प्रोसिजर को नष्ट किया, बायपास किया, डिफेंस मिनिस्ट्री के लोगों ने एतराज किया। एच.ए.एल. के वर्कर से कॉन्ट्रैक्ट छीन कर फ्रांस की एक कंपनी को दिया गया।
तो हम चाहते हैं कि जेपीसी लागू हो और जो सच्चाई देश सुनना चाहता है, वो देश के सामने आए।
आखिरी बात कल अपने इंटरव्यू में नरेन्द्र मोदी जी थके हुए लगे थे, घबराए हुए लगे थे और उन्होंने कहा कि मेरे ऊपर कोई ऊंगली नहीं उठा रहा है, नरेन्द्र मोदी जी पूरा देश आप पर ऊँगली उठा रहा है।