NEW DELHI: Latching on to a French media report that commissions were paid between 2007 and 2012 for securing the Rafale deal with India, BJP on Tuesday said the INC (Indian National Congress) should be renamed as “I Need Commission” and alleged that Congress’ dissatisfaction with the cut on offer was behind the failed negotiations when it was in power.
Launching a scathing attack on Congress, especially Rahul Gandhi who has been alleging corruption in the purchase of the fighter jets by the NDA government, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused him of spreading “canard, disinformation and lies”.
Patra sought Rahul’s response to the fresh revelation by French investigative journal Mediapart. “He should respond to this from Italy,” he said, citing reports that the Congress member is currently abroad.
Corruption has become “homeless” after BJP came to power, and its address is 10 Janpath, he alleged, referring to the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
The political slugfest over Rafale resurfaced after Mediapart made fresh claims that bogus invoices were used that enabled French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation to pay at least 7.5 million euros in secret commissions to a middleman during 2007-12.
“Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka Vadra, Robert Vadra…. all say that I need commission,” Patra said, adding that the UPA government had a deal within every deal. He futher noted that the alleged middleman was earlier arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a corruption case and “probe agencies must be looking into the matter”.

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