Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s dismissal of petitions seeking a probe into the purchase of Rafale fighter jets, the ruling BJP is set to launch a counter-offensive against the Congress. It has decided that its top leaders, including Union ministers and chief ministers, will hold press conferences at 70 places to “expose” the Congress on the matter on Monday.
BJP national media head Anil Baluni on Saturday tweeted that the party, through press conferences at 70 places across the country, will expose the Congress for compromising national security and hatching a conspiracy against the government.
The press conferences will be addressed by Union ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad in Bhopal, Prakash Javadekar in Hyderabad, Suresh Prabhu in Bengaluru, Nirmala Sitharaman in Mumbai, J P Nadda in Thiruvananthapuram and Dharmendra Pradhan in Varanasi.
An aggressive counter-attack on Congress
The BJP’s move seems to be an aggressive counter-attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who had highlighted the issue of Rafale deal against the BJP-led central government in his rallies during the recent Assembly polls in five states. Soon after the Supreme Court verdict, BJP president Amit Shah addressed the media on the issue on Friday, followed by similar briefings by three Union ministers who slammed the Congress for creating a controversy and sought an apology from Rahul.
Among the CMs, Manohar Lal Khattar will address the media in Surat, Trivendra Singh Rawat in Shimla, Biplab Deb in Shillong, Devendra Fadnavis in Ahmedabad and Yogi Adityanath in Guwahati. Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be in Lucknow.
The party’s central officers will address the media — national general secretary Ram Madhav in Chennai, Saroj Pandey in Jabalpur, Bhupender Yadav in Ranchi and Arun Singh in Visakhapatnam.