A day after tweeting about “explosive Rafale secrets,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday visited Goa Assembly and met ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
“This morning I visited Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar, to wish him a speedy recovery. It was a personal visit,” Gandhi said in a tweet.
This morning I visited Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar, to wish him a speedy recovery. It was a personal visit.
Later this afternoon I will address Polling Booth Committee Members from all over Kerala, in Kochi. The meeting will be LIVE on my Facebook page.https://t.co/NraAer1ksf— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 29, 2019
Gandhi also went to the opposition lobby and met Congress MLAs.
Asked if Gandhi raised the issue of the Rafale audio tape, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said: "It was a private visit. That issue was not discussed. Rahul Gandhi could make an official trip to Goa next month."
On Monday, the Congress president alleged that the "Goa audio tapes", cited by the Congress to attack the Centre on the Rafale issue, were authentic and Parrikar is in possession of "explosive secrets" that give him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"30 days since the Goa Audio Tapes on RAFALE were released. No FIR or enquiry ordered. No action against the Minister either!"
"It's obvious that the tapes are authentic & that Goa CM, Parrikar, is in possession of explosive Rafale secrets, that give him power over the PM," Gandhi said.
30 days since the Goa Audio Tapes on RAFALE were released. No FIR or enquiry ordered. No action against the Minister either!
It's obvious that the tapes are authentic & that Goa CM, Parrikar, is in possession of explosive RAFALE secrets, that give him power over the PM. https://t.co/sKwwfIj0bM— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 28, 2019
A war of words had erupted after the Congress released a clip in which Goa minister Vishwajit Rane was purportedly heard saying that during a Goa cabinet meeting, Parrikar said he had an entire file and all documents relating to the Rafale deal lying in his bedroom.
During Parliament’s winter session, Gandhi attempted to play the audio tape. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the tape was "false and fabricated" and asked the Congress president if he could authenticate it.
Parrikar, on his part, had termed the audio clip as a desperate attempt to fabricate facts.