Rahul crossed all limits of propriety, decency, probity in public life by almost condemning SC: BJP
PTI, NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday accused Rahul Gandhi of "almost condemning" the Supreme Court for dismissing the pleas challenging the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, and said the Congress president crossed all limits of propriety, decency and probity in public life.
Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a counter-attack on Gandhi, saying the apex court had "exposed his lies" which he has been using to attack the "honest and popular" prime minister, and his "shameful" remarks against the premier is a new low in Indian politics.
With Gandhi reiterating his "chowkidar chor hai" (watchman is thief) barb against PM Narendra Modi, Prasad dubbed his remarks "shameful" and "cheap", and accused him of using an abuse against the prime minister.
Rahul and his mother Sonia Gandhi are themselves facing a trial on corruption charges, he said, referring to the National Herald case against them.
The BJP expected that Congress and Rahul Gandhi would accept the Supreme Court's verdict with humility but it did not happen, Prasad said.
"He (Rahul Gandhi) crossed all limits of propriety, decency and probity in public life by almost condemning the Supreme Court. What does he mean? Is he above the Supreme Court? Is the Congress above the Supreme Court? What kind of language is this?" he asked.
Prasad said Rahul Gandhi's problem is his arrogance and conceit about his dynasty.
Notwithstanding the Supreme Court's verdict on the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi on Friday maintained that there was massive corruption in the contract and wondered why the CAG report "cited by the Supreme Court" on it had not yet been shared with the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
To a question on the Congress' allegation that the CAG report on the deal was not yet shared with the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament even though it was cited by the apex court, Prasad said the opposition party is getting into technicalities, and that "it was nothing but politics."
He said Rahul Gandhi's allegations over the Rafale fighter jet deal are watched in Pakistan "keenly and with interest".
In a relief to the Modi government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the pleas challenging the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets saying there was no occasion to "really doubt the decision making process" warranting setting aside of the contract.