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Rafale row: BJP takes on Rahul Gandhi, fact checks 10 claims made by him

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Rafale row: BJP takes on Rahul Gandhi, fact checks 10 claims made by him

The BJP took to Twitter to list out '10 lies' that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said about the Rafale deal, rebutting each point tweet by tweet.

A day after the Rafale row was kicked up once again, the Bharatiya Janata Party has now launched another attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The saffron party took to Twitter to list out '10 lies' that Rahul Gandhi had said about the Rafale deal, rebutting each point tweet by tweet.

"It's difficult to track all his lies, but we've tried to track major lies peddled by him on Rafale. A heads up before his today's quota," the BJP said before beginning their counter-offensive. The party kept posting claims made by Rahul Gandhi regarding the Rafale deal and performed a fact-check on them.

Each 'lie' was punctuated with documents, memes and videos in a bid to tackle #LiarRahul, a hashtag that the party used with each tweet. At the time of filing this report, the tag was trending on Twitter India.

Here are the 10 'lies' Rahul Gandhi has said according to the BJP:

1. Rahul Gandhi claimed making Reliance an offset partner was a tradeoff for Dassault to get the deal with India.

2. Rahul Gandhi Supreme Court found grave irregularities in the Rafale deal.

3. He claimed that a Ministry of Defence official was punished for submitting a dissent note on the deal.

4. That according to Rahul Gandhi, former French president Fracois Hollande, Dassault was told to take on Reliance as an offset partner by the Indian government.

5. Rahul Gandhi said current French President Emmanuel Macron personally told him there is no secrecy clause in the Rafale deal.

6. That Rahul Gandhi has stated multiple prices for the Rafale jets in the UPA deal.

7. Rahul Gandhi alleged that defence procurement procedures had been flouted in the Rafale deal

8. Rahul Gandhi said UPA negotiated price of Rs 526/520/540 crore per aircraft, while NDA settled for Rs 1,600 crore.

9. That the deal signified crony capitalism.

10. Rahul Gandhi shared a cropped image of a MoD note that indicated government had held "parallel negotiations" with the French.

The BJP ended its onslaught saying, "We have tried to document most of Rahul Gandhi's Rafale Lies. But given his superhuman capabilities of lying, we realized it's humanly impossible to document it all."

The attack came a day after a report in an English newspaper claimed that the Defence Ministry had raised strong objections to "parallel discussions" conducted by the PMO during the negotiations over the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal between India and France.

Stepping up his offensive on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi demanded answers to questions raised in the media report, saying it is now crystal clear that the "watchman" is the "thief", an apparent reference to Modi's alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal.

Rahul Gandhi's offensive drew a counter-attack from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the report. Nirmala Sitharaman criticised the news report for raising issues "selectively" and ignoring the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar's reply to file notings of officials.

She said Manohar Parrikar had made a note asking officials to remain "calm" as everything was "alright".