Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to “stop hiding and open the Parliament” to discuss the Rafale deal in parliament.

“The truth does not go away because you hide from it. Modi ji, stop hiding and open the Parliament so the truth of what you did on Rafale can be heard by the nation,” Rahul tweeted.

The winter session of Parliament commences in the third week of November and continues till the third week of December.

The Congress is accusing the Central Government of avoiding to face parliament in the name of upcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as an excuse.

“The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session on flimsy grounds. It’s mistaken if it thinks by locking the temple of democracy, it’ll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections,” Sonia Gandhi said at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Monday.

Arun Jaitley Finance minister refuted the charges, and said that Parliament sessions were many times  rescheduled in the past as well to ensure they did not overlap with elections, and that the Congress had itself done the same on several occasions.

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