AGARTALA, Aug 31 - All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev on Friday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by accusing him of favouring a private company to get a multi crore rupee contract � the Rafale deal.
How come a company, which was floated only just 12 days ahead of inking the biggest-ever defence deal with France�s The Assault Aviation, bag the off-the-shelf deal, she questioned at a press conference here.
Dev said prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he (Narendra Modi) had promised to be Chowkidaar (watchman) if he becomes Prime Minister to put end to corruption. �Now, this man has played a key role to provide a multi-crore off-the-shelf deal to a company owned by one of his blue-eyed industrialists! Now, where is chowkidaar? Where is the promise to show zero tolerance to corruption? You have made so much of lectures during the past four and half year. Now, tell the truth to the countrymen�, she demanded.
Dev also slammed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, saying, �I had felt proud to see that the country has got a woman Defence Minister for the first time. Now, I feel bad to know that she contoured herself into the controversy by helping the Prime Minister�.
�Why Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is supporting the Prime Minister? He should answer the country on the biggest ever defence scam�, she asked.
Dev supported Congress president Rahul Gandhi�s demand to have a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to unearth the truth on the Rs 41,205 crore deal.
She also took a swipe at Anil Ambani, the owner of Reliance Defence Industries Ltd for sending legal notice to her. �I have already received a legal notice from Ambani�s legal advisor. I hardly bother with such notice because scam was there in the Rafale deal. I will expose both of them in the court�, she said.
She further criticised the Modi-led government on demonetisation which has ruined the small businessmen and common people. �The Prime Minister will have to answer all these unsolved mystery before the 2019 general elections�, she demanded.