July 29, 2020
The Congress campaign for national election -- held in April-May last year -- was built around the allegation that PM Modi had signed off on an overpriced deal to facilitate an offset contract for Anil Ambani's inexperienced defence company. The government had rubbished the allegations.
The Congress was decimated in the election, with allegations regarding Rafale and Mr Gandhi's "Chowkidar Chor Hai (the watchman is a thief)" campaign -- a personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- failing to translate into votes.
The Supreme Court has given a clean chit to the government regarding the deal. In November last year, following a Congress petition, the top court had confirmed its earlier order, saying there was no need to begin an inquiry into the matter.
The Congress had continued its demand for an investigation into the deal.
As the five Rafale jets, escorted by two Sukhoi-30s landed today, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted a warning.
Without naming the Congress, Mr Singh tweeted: "I would like to add, if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity."
Another tweet read: "The Rafale jets were purchased when they fully met the operational requirements of the IAF. The baseless allegations against this procurement have already been answered and settled".
Mr Singh had also praised the Prime Minister, tweeting : "The Rafale jets were purchased only because PM Shri @narendramodi took the right decision to get these aircrafts through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France, after the long pending procurement case for them could not progress. I thank him for his courage & decisiveness."