New Delhi: Punjab Minister and Congress’ star campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday repeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate on Rafale jet deal and asserted that he would leave politics if the Gandhi scion loses it.
“Narendra Damodardas Modi, you debate with Rahul Bhai on Rafale jet deal in any part of the country. You can call him at your home. I will leave politics if Rahul Bhai loses the debate,” he said at an election rally here.
The Congress has alleged a scam in the Rs 59000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal and has promised to probe the irregularities into the purchase of 36 jets from France if the party comes to power.
He accused the Prime Minister of lying to the country and dubbed him as ‘feku’ (liar).
Sidhu said, “I have watched films with titles like ‘Hero no 1’, ‘Coolie No 1’ and ‘Biwi No 1’. Now a film ‘Feku No 1′ is coming out.”
It is next to impossible to make Modi speak the truth, he quipped.
The Congress leader said that BJP has not fulfilled its promises made in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“Modi has ruined farmers, the youth and the poor of India. He has not fulfilled what he promised five years ago. Modi has only benefitted the rich one per cent of the country,” he said.
Sidhu took a dig at the PM for his alleged failure to prevent the fraudsters from fleeing the country.
He said: “Earlier watchmen used to say – jagte raho (be awake), now the Chowkidar (a reference to the PM) gives banks’ money to the rich and says – bhagte raho (keep fleeing).”
“Ask him (Modi) who was Chowkidar when Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi fled the country,” he asked.
He also hit out at Raebareli BJP candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh for contesting against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is seeking a re-election from the seat.
Sidhu said: “One who could not be loyal to Sonia Gandhi, cannot be loyal to the public.”
Singh was considered a close associate of Gandhi before he defected to the saffron party last year.
Raebareli goes to polls in the fifth phase of elections on May 6. Counting of votes will begin on May 23.