Rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s allegation of corruption against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal, the BJP on Thursday accused the Congress chief of “lying through his teeth shamelessly” and indulging in “politics of misinformation” to build his political career. Repeatedly calling Gandhi a “clown prince”, the BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra at a press conference also alleged the Congress leader comes from “a family of middlemen” and his his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was “officially a middleman” in a defence deal. The Gandhi family had made money from every defence deal till 2014, Patra alleged, claiming that Rahul Gandhi has not been able to come out of that mindset. Rejecting the allegations, Patra said the BJP stands with the truth and accused Gandhi of making a mockery of national security. Reacting sharply to the Congress president’s allegation that Modi acted like a “chowkidar” of Anil Ambani, the BJP leader asked whether former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was a prime minister only for Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors case.
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