Gandhi's remarks came after the Supreme Court gave clean chit to the Modi government on the purchase of 36 fully-loaded Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation, rejecting the plea for registration of an FIR by the CBI for alleged commission of cognisable offence in the deal.
"It is not needed," she told reporters here in reply to a question on the matter. Unlike the 2G issue, no institution like the Comptroller and Auditor General said anything against the Rafale deal, she said.
The CPI National Secretary urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "tell the truth," on the matter. "Neither the Defence Minister (Nirmala Sitharaman) nor the External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) was involved when the deal was clinched. It was the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister alone who took the decision and decided the deal," he said.
An aggressive Gandhi asked why the fighter jet was purchased at Rs 1,600 crore a piece, instead of Rs 520 crore finalised by the Congress-led UPA government.
A move by the government to amend the Land Acquisition Bill to give flexibility to the states to frame their own laws in a bid to break the prolonged impasse was slammed as a "new kind of conspiracy" at a public hearing organised on Friday by a union of various farmers' bodies.
BJP members were on the feet in Lok Sabha on the issue of JPC report which gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G spectrum scam.
India's steel consumption in the first six months of the current fiscal remained flat, showing just 0.8 percent year-on-year growth due to poor offtake by construction and automobile sectors.
Attacking the outcome, BJP leader and member of the committee Yashwant Sinha said a contrived majority has been "unashamedly" used to adopt a report based on "wrong facts, falsehood and prejudicial" findings without the consideration of the Committee.
Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G scam PC Chacko is likely to move a resolution in the Lok Sabha seeking extension of the JPC beyond the Budget Session. Sources say that the BJP has agreed to the extension of the JPC beyond May 10.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G scam is likely to meet on Tuesday to decide on the "future course of action" amid possibility of it seeking a fresh extension of tenure to adopt the controversial draft report.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today rejected the Opposition demand for removal of P C Chacko as Chairman of the JPC probing the 2G scam, citing "absence of express provisions in rules".
PM Manmohan Singh is understood to have discussed with the government's top law officers the interpretation of the remarks made by the apex court.
Political analysts AK Bhattacharya, editor, Business Standard, CNN-IBN's Bhupendra Chaubey and CNBC-TV18's economic and political editor, Siddharth Zarabi, discuss on CNBC-TV18, that the UPA is keen only on the Finance Bill and Chacko's plea is an attemt to pacify the Opposition
In a bid to end the confrontation in JPC, its Chairman P C Chacko, under opposition fire, today expressed willingness to consider amendments to the controversial draft report on 2G spectrum scam which gave a clean chit to the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.
The Opposition members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which is examining the 2G spectrum allocation scam, have submitted a memorandum to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar expressing no confidence against panel chairperson PC Chacko.
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Shekhar Gupta, Editor-In-Chief, The Indian Express believes the Budget will be passed. However, after this initial noise and anger in the first half of this Budget session he is hoping to see some business getting transacted.
Amid opposition plans to corner the JPC Chairman over clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the much-talked about meeting of the panel to adopt the draft report on the 2G scam was today postponed following death of a Lok Sabha member.
Apparently seeking to pacify an angry BJP, JPC chief P C Chacko today dismissed reports that the panel has named former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in its draft report in the 2G scam.
Former telecom minister A Raja lashed out at the government saying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was fully aware of "every step" he took.
Telecommunication Minister Kapil Sibal today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Finance Minister P Chidambaram have nothing to do with the 2G scam.
JPC Chairman P C Chacko today rejected BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's demand for Prime Minister Minister Singh's appearance before the panel probing the 2G issue, saying the committee has "passed that phase".
A fresh war of words erupted in JPC examining 2G scam with chairman P C Chacko today rubbishing as a "political stunt" a demand by BJP that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh depose before it.
Describing the functioning of the JPC on 2G as "scandalous", BJP leader Yashwant Sinha demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram appear before it for the truth to come out.
Citing former Telecom Minister A Raja's communication to JPC on 2G scam, BJP member in the panel Yashwant Sinha today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to appear before the committee to "clear your name" following allegations levelled against him.