Shiv Sena salvo at PM: Reply to Rahul posers on Rafalehttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/uddhav-thackeray-fires-salvo-at-pm-modi-again-reply-to-rahul-posers-on-rafale-5576320/

Shiv Sena salvo at PM: Reply to Rahul posers on Rafale

Pointing out that from striking Rafale deal to allotting the contract, all decisions were taken by Modi, Uddhav said, "That's why the Prime Minister himself will have to face criticism and accusations..."

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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray is the editor of Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. (File)

The Shiv Sena on Saturday said every Indian will continue to raise questions on the Rafale deal controversy until the Prime Minister gives satisfactory replies to questions asked by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on issue.

The latest attack, BJP leaders said, could affect prospects of an alliance between the two parties in Maharashtra.

An editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, edited by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, stated, “Documentary proof that have come into public domain reveal that the PM has taken personal interest in the Rafale deal. His interest was of extreme level. In Rafale deal, Modi was making the deal…. The Defence Minister and the Defence Secretary were kept away from it. Did the Rafale deal take place to empower the Air Force or for rescuing a bankrupt industrialist?”

Claiming Congress’s slogan “Chowkdiar chor hai” is finding response across the country, the editorial said, “It is not the Congress which is responsible or this, but the hidden secrets of Rafale deal that have come out in the open.”

The Saamana wrote Modi has been at the helm for the last nearly five years but still blames the Congress for rising inflation and growing corruption. That, it said, is an attempt to hide his own failures.