Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former finance minister P Chidambaram and other senior party leaders addressed the session at Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.
The CBI had on Friday arrested SP Tyagi for allegedly influencing the Rs 3,600-crore deal in favour of AgustaWestland.
Goyal hailed the government’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, saying the decision had been taken very seriously and after much deliberation, in contrast to what the Opposition claims.
Yechury said demonetisation would have a deep impact on the Indian economy on a medium term basis as it would take at least six months for things to settle down.
Ideologies are determining politicians’ assessment of the costs of the policy. Amid the commotion, food prices have been stable
Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that the measures taken would have a positive impact on the economy in the long and medium term.
Sources said the party had urged him to give a television interview, but Manmohan Singh’s health came in the way.
Referring to the Reserve Bank’s decision not to allow district central co-operative (DCC) banks to exchange the old currency, the Sena chief asked if liquor baron Vijay Mallya had taken loans from these banks.
Manmohan Singh in his speech in the Rajya Sabha castigated the government over the move, saying its implementation was a “monumental management failure” and a case of “organised loot and legalised plunder”.
Modi also spoke to senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma during the break.
The 84-year-old former Prime Minister was said to be unwell and expressed his inability to attend the meeting.
Raghuram Rajan became RBI governor in 2013 and last month said he would not opt for a second term.
“Do not try to frighten us. Life has taught me to fight on,” Sonia Gandhi said at the Congress rally, adding that the ‘achche din’ of the BJP was over.
“The (Modi) government’s policy towards Pakistan is in shambles. Terrorists from Pakistan continue to operate freely not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also in Punjab and other neighbouring states,” Singh said.
The allocation had come under the scanner because applications were initially invited for one block — West of Radhikapur — and the promotional block was added later, said sources.