New Delhi, Oct 12: Facing relentless attack from Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal, the BJP on Friday alleged the Congress president was a "serial liar" and "manufacturer of fake news" and his repeated lies cannot substitute the truth of the deal.Citing comments of Rafale's French manufacturer Dassault Aviation's CEO Eric Trappier to reject Gandhi's allegations, Union minister Piyush Goyal said the French government and Dassult have "exposed" Gandhi's "fake news" and it was high time for him to stop lying.Asserting that the people of India trusted Narendra Modi, Goyal also rejected the suggestion that the Congress has used the issue of alleged corruption in the Rafale deal to create a perception against the prime minister.Goyal said an "issue-less" party and its leadership bereft of truth are no substitute to Modi and his good governance.The union minister was fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party to reject Congress's charges on the Rafale deal, a day after the Dassault CEO said his firm's joint venture with Anil Ambani's Reliance Group represented only around 10 per cent of the offset investments under the Rafale jet deal and it was in partnership talks with 100 other companies.Gandhi has been accusing the prime minister of forcing Dassault to select Reliance as an offset partner to help the Indian firm "pocket" Rs 30000 crore -- the entire estimated offset amount.Targeting the Congress leader, Goyal said people have been of late seeing activities of a "serial liar", with an "issue-less" party thinking that it can repeat lie after lie to make it sound like truth.The minister said it has become clear now that Gandhi has been beating a dead horse and manufacturing fake news.Goyal said the government has maintained highest standards of transparency and integrity in the deal to buy 36 fighter aircraft from Rafale and it expeditiously purchased the aircraft due to reasons of national security and negotiated a better term than what the UPA dispensation had managed.The Dassault CEO has categorically confirmed that offset was an obligation for his company and it selected its partners of its "volition and choice".He also reiterated the BJP's charge that the Congress had cancelled the deal with Dassault when it was in power because the French firm did not agree to give benefits to a defence dealer linked to Robert Vadra, Gandhi's brother-in-law.Gandhi's attacks on the Modi government are an attempt to deflect attention from this, Goyal said."His repeated lies and falsehood after falsehood will not change reality," Goyal said, referring to Congress president's charges relating to comments attributed to former French president Fracois Hollande and those of France's current president Emmanuel Macron.At the press conference, Goyal, however, declined to answer queries on allegations of sexual harassment levelled against his ministerial colleague and BJP leader M J Akbar.
Jaipur, Oct 11 : Union minister Prakash Javadekar Thursday accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of lying to people at his election rallies, asserting that an untruth does not become the truth even if it is spoken loudly.
Kolkata, Oct 11 : BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya Thursday declined to make any direct comment on the demand for Union minister M J Akbar's resignation over charges of sexual harassment but said it is for the government to decide.
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11 : Cyclone Titli uprooted trees and electric poles and damaged hutments in Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts after making landfall early Thursday morning, but no loss of life was reported from any part of the state, officials said. The cyclone also triggered heavy rainfall in at least three districts and caused minor damage to power and communication. "There has been no major damage or report of casualty received from any part of the state so far. Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.
New Delhi, Oct 11 : The Income Tax Department searched media baron Raghav Bahl's home and office on Thursday in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion, officials said.
New Delhi, Oct 11 : Railways suspended two officials Thursday over the derailment of the New Farakka Express, senior officials said.
Hyderabad, Oct 11 : The BJP is trying to convert India into "RSS Raj", AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleged Thursday and hit out at Amit Shah, the chief of the saffron party, saying he was "frustrated and lost".
Indore, Oct 11 : The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Madhya Pradesh police on Thursday claimed to have unearthed illegitimate wealth of Rs 15 crore belonging to a civic official here who is local in-charge of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Raids were carried out on Thursday at the properties of Abhay Singh Rathore, an assistant engineer with the Indore Municipal Corporation, and his relatives, an EOW official said. Rathore was the local in-charge of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Union government's initiative, he said.
Dharamshala, Oct 11 : The minimum and maximum temperatures dropped marginally as heavy rains lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh. According to the MeT Department here, Keylong recorded the lowest temperature in the state at -0.1 degrees Celsius. Lahaul-Spiti district of the state received fresh snowfall.
Hyderabad, Oct 11 : Rishabh Pant on Thursday earned a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team, replacing Dinesh Karthik for the first two games against the West Indies.