Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is raising the Rafale issue after the arrest of AugstaWestland middleman Christian Michele because both Michele and Guido Haschke acted as middlemen for Eurofighter, the competitor of Rafale. Both were pressurising Rahul Gandhi to favour EuroFighter.
Meanwhile, Raksha Mantri responded to allegations made by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha on the HAL issue. She confirmed that contracts amounting to over Rs 26, 500 crores have been signed between 2016 and 2018 with HAL. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had challenged Raksha Mantri to place before Parliament documents showing Rs 1 Lakh crore of Govt orders to HAL.