PM hails Nirmala, Jaitley for response on Opposition's lies on Rafale deal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had given a 'detailed response' to the 'lies' on the Rafale deal in Parliament and had placed facts before the people.

Modi was speaking to BJP workers from Anantapuramu, Kadapa, Kurnool, Narsaraopet and Tirupati Lok Sabha constituencies via video-conference.

"Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley had placed all facts related to the country's security in Parliament. They replied to each and every word of lies with facts and figures. After many years, Parliament witnessed such a detailed response of the government," he said, referring to last week's debate on Rafale fighter aircraft deal in Lok Sabha.

The BJP and the Congress have been engaged in a bitter duel on the purchase of the Rafale fighter aircraft from France, with the latter alleging inflated prices and kickbacks and the former defending it as one conforming to rules.

Tearing into the opposition parties, Modi said there were only two political teams in the country presently, the NDA led by the BJP and the other a "jamghat" (motley group) of dynasts.

While the BJP's mantra was "na khaunga, na khane doonga", the 'mantra' of others (opposition) was loot in the name of every scheme, he said.

"We are the ones who protect each and every paisa of the country's money," Modi said.