Rafale deal: Will fight perception battle, says government as Congress offensive continues

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NEW DELHI: As political row over the Rafale deal rages on, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the government is ready to fight the “battle of perception” and will counter Congress’s allegations with facts.
“This is a perception battle. We will fight this battle. We’ll go to places and state facts on record on Rafale. Congress designs to run a smear campaign against us at an international level,” the defence minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Firing a fresh salvo, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the Prime Minister for answers on why Rafale price was not disclosed and how Anil Ambani got the contract.The BJP, meanwhile, dragged Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, into the row and alleged that the Congress was trying to help controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
In a press conference, the BJP said that the Congress, as part of a well-scripted conspiracy, has compared the price of a fully-loaded aircraft with a bare aircraft.
“For the last few days, Rahul Gandhi is misleading the country by comparing the cost of an unloaded aircraft with a fully loaded aircraft.