Rahul's fresh salvo at PM on Rafale, asks why the hurry to sack CBI chief?

Rahuls fresh salvo at PM on Rafale, asks why the hurry to sack CBI chief?

New Delhi: In a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused that the former was in 'a tearing hurry to sack the CBI chief', fearing investigation in Rafale deal. "1. Why is the Prime Minister in such a tearing hurry to sack the CBI Chief? 2. Why will he not allow the CBI Chief to present his case in front of the selection committee? Answer: RAFALE", the Congress president tweeted. Mr Gandhi tweeted hours before the Selection Committee convenes the second meeting to decide the fate of Alok Verma, who was reinstated by the Supreme Court. The apex court also directed the Selection Committee, comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice A K Sikri, who was nominated by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and leader of the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge, to decide whether Mr Verma can continue in his post. According to sources, the Committee held a meeting on Wednesday, after rejecting Mr Kharge's request to postpone the meeting, however could not reach a final decision. In a letter to the Government, Mr Kharge requested for postponing the meeting saying he was busy with Parliament proceedings and did not get time to study the Supreme Court order on CBI Chief.

Mr Gandhi is also facing stiff opposition from the ruling party members and National Commission for Women, accusing him of insulting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. At a rally in Rajasthan, on Wednesday Mr Gandhi had said Mr Modi was hiding behind a woman during the debate on Rafale deal in Parliament. "The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a 'mahila' (woman), Ms Sitharaman, defend me. I will not be able to defend myself, defend me. For two and a half hours, the woman could not defend him. I had asked a straight question - answer yes or no - but she couldn't answer," Mr Gandhi had said. In a response to the Congress president's remarks, the Prime Minister also responded sharply and said for the first time, a daughter of the country has become defence minister and added that "our Defence Minister silenced all the opposition parties in Parliament and exposed their lies. They were so stunned that now they are insulting a woman Defence Minister. They are insulting India's women power," . Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani and BJP president Amit Shah also criticised Mr Gandhi for his remarks and the NCW sent a notice to Mr Gandhi. However, the Congress president further attacked Mr Modi and asked him to 'stop shaking. Be a Man', causing another row of controversies. "With all due respect Modi Ji, in our culture respect for women begins at home. Stop shaking. Be a man and answer my question: Did the Air Force and Defence Ministry object when you bypassed the original Rafale deal? Yes? Or No?", Mr Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday night.

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