Audio clip leaked, Manohar Parrikar says all Rafale Files are in my bedroom

Manohar Parrikar as Defence Minister under Narendra Modi Cabinet



In a new twist in the Rafale deal saga, the Congress today released an audio tape in which, the party claimed, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane is heard saying that CM Manohar Parrikar said, “all files related to the fighter jet deal with France are in my bedroom”.

Manohar Parrikar



Citing the audio recording, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Manohar Parrikar has all documents related to the Rafale deal in his bedroom and is blackmailing the Modi government.



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“During the cabinet meeting, Manohar Parrikar made an interesting statement. He said he has all files related to Rafale deal in his bedroom….This means he is holding them to ransom,” Vishwajit Rane is purportedly heard saying, as claimed by Surjewala.

“The audio reveals that files are hidden in the bedroom of Parrikar. Why are those files being hidden? These revelations on Rafale scam are stated by none other than a BJP MLA,” the Congress leader added.


Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over the Rafale deal with France and asking why a 70-year-old defence public sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was ignored for manufacturing the fighter jet.




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Surjewala even questioned Modi’s stand that there are no personal allegations against him in the Rafale deal. The Congress felt vindicated by releasing this audio as an evidence of Modi’s culpability which was earlier established by former French President Francois Hollande, who had told a French media about PM Modi securing the deal for a private entity.


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Pricing of the aircraft has been one of the main contentions of the alleged corruption where the initial price per jet was Rs. 540 crore under the UPA government and subsequently rose to thrice its value to Rs. 1,600 crore under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre.



The Congress asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to submit all the documents related to the purchase of the fighter jets from France to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for a probe.











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