The Hush Post| 01:47pm| 2-min-read
Rahul Gandhi walked into the office of Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday, a day after tweeting about “explosive Rafale secrets that gave the Goa Chief Minister power over the PM”.
“This morning I visited Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar, to wish him a speedy recovery. It was a personal visit,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Rahul Gandhi and his mother are on a three-day holiday in Goa.
According to a Goa Congress spokesperson, there are no official engagements scheduled during his stay in Goa. He is staying at a five-star resort in South Goa.
Goa CM and former defence minister has been extremely unwell over the past few months over a pancreatic condition.
“It is very nice of him to do so. It should teach a lesson to the local unit of the Congress which has been troubling Mr Parrikar. He dropped in to just ask about his health,” BJP leader Vijay Sardesai said.
The Congress president has demanded an inquiry into the alleged audio tapes that he says reveal that Parrikar has files on the Rafale jet deal and so has leverage over PM Modi.
On monday, Rahul Gandhi had put out a series of tweets raising the Rafale deal and the Manohar Parrikar angle.
“Thirty days since the Goa audio tapes on Rafale were released. No FIR or enquiry ordered. No action against (Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane) either,” said Mr Gandhi.
Alleged tape has Parrikar saying Rafale files “in my bedroom’
The Congress claims to have an audio recording of a Goa minister Vishwajit Rane. The tape quotes Manohar Parrikar as saying that files related to the Rafale jet deal were “in his bedroom”.
In the tape, Vishwajit Rane is apparently talking to an unknown person about a three-hour cabinet meeting and saying “keep it confidential”.
The minister supposedly on tape, Vishwajit Rane, has alleged that the tape was doctored.
Manohar Parrikar was defence minister before becoming Goa chief minister in 2017. The deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed between India and France when he was defence minister.
Also, the Supreme Court has said there is no reason to doubt the decision-making process of the Modi government in the Rafale deal. However, Congress continues with its diatribe against BJP alleging corruption in the Rs 59,000-crore contract.