New Delhi । Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Congress President Rahul Gandhi has lost his credibility after he expressed regret over his remarks on the Supreme Court’s order in the Rafale jet deal.
The apex court had asked the Congress President to respond on his remarks made last week wherein had attributed his “Chowkidar chor hai” remarks to the top court. Gandhi on Monday accepted that the “court never said these words.”
Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congress had diluted its stand on national security after its leader P. Chidambaram sought to change India’s behaviour toward Pakistan to normalise ties.
Coming down heavily on Gandhi, the Defence Minister said the regret expressed by him was done as part of “political convenience” and to avoid “contempt of court”.
“It was done to escape the wrath of the court…I would definitely say that it is a matter of credibility which is affected badly when people in public life are pushed to the circumstances to have to regret having said something based on untruth,” she said.
“Rahul Gandhi’s credibility has taken a beating. He keeps on repeating untruths. It is a matter of grief.”
Sitharaman said she felt “sorry” that the Congress was dependent on “falsehood”.
Earlier Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed regret to the Supreme Court over his remarks on the apex court’s Rafale order, and accepted that the “court never said these words” as he had earlier attributed his “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remarks to the top court.
Gandhi was responding to BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s petition against him. He said his political rhetoric against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal was made in the heat of the moment at a poll campaign.
He, however, contends that he and his party’s stand is “Chowkidar Chor hai”.