Congress can not insult prime minister, says Nirmala
"Nobody has a right to call me or the prime minister a thief and a liar," said a visibly angry Sitharaman, whom speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to calm down.
The defence minister was responding to Gandhi who said that he wanted to speak as his name was taken by Sitharaman during her reply to a debate on Rafale deal.
While clarifying his conversation with Hollande, Gandhi said the former French president had said that the price was not part of the contract and he could say that publicly.
He further claimed Hollande himself had stated that the name of businessman Anil Ambani was given to him by Modi and Government of India.
Gandhi wanted to know why Sitharaman did not take the name of Ambani who was chosen as the major offset beneficiary and why the price of aircraft went up to Rs 1,600 crore.
Sitharaman said that the NDA got a better deal then what was being negotiated by the UPA government.
On the offset partners, she said it was not a part of negotiations and the government was not involved in their selection .
The minister said she regretted that when the prime minister spoke, the Congress called him a liar.
"We all come from normal background...I come from a middle class. The prime minister comes from a humble background. The prime minister's name is untarnished, he is not corrupt. I have my honour intact," she said, adding "you can not insult us the way you want".