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Rafale Debate: Congress Walks out in Protest


New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed a stormy scene over confusion on submission of CAG report on the Rafale jet deal.
The Congress alleged “leak” on the Rafale deal, staging a walkout of the Lower House of Parliament after its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the issue was rejected.
Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge tried to speak but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow him and continued with the business of the House. Upset over this, Kharge asked, “What is this? We want JPC.”
Kharge earlier in the day had told reporters the Opposition parties anticipated that “CAG on Rafale is expected today.”
Congress MPs protested carrying placards and shouting slogans seeking JPC on the Rafale deal. Mallikarjun Kharge also demanded discussion on the issue to which the Speaker said a debate had already taken place in the House.
Kharge alleged the CAG report on defence was submitted before the Rajya Sabha and was “leaked”. He said the report was not tabled before the Lok Sabha. The Speaker, however, said the reports were tabled before the Lok Sabha, in a reference to Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan tabling three CAG reports, including one on defence services.
Intervening in the matter, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the issue of Rafale had been discussed in the House and even the Supreme Court had given its judgement on it.
Kharge said, “The Prime Minister is scared of JPC. Since you are not yielding to the demand of JPC, we are staging a walkout.” (Input: Agencies)

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