Rahul slams government's secrecy over Rafale deal

Rahul terms Rafale jet deal a ‘scam’ Cong demands govt to reveal price negotiated for aircraft

Rahul terms Rafale jet deal a ‘scam’ Cong demands govt to reveal price negotiated for aircraft

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attacked the government over what he called "the great Rafale mystery", alleging that there was a "scam" in the fighter aircraft deal between India and France which was "personally got done" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his "reliable buddy".

In a reply to a question in Parliament, Sitharaman had claimed that she could not share pricing details as it was classified under the provisions of a security agreement between India and France in 2008. He added, "Modi ji had personally gone to Paris". The deal was changed. "Entire India knows it", he told reporters outside the Parliament.

Addressing a news conference, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad posed eight questions to the PM and said the government's refusal to disclose the price of the Rafale aircraft in Parliament raises "doubts" over its intent.

The deal for 36 aircraft was finalised for a price of $8.7 billion.

A defence ministry spokesperson said the government had no response at this time. Mr. Surjewala said the same aircraft was sold to Qatar by Dassault Aviation that makes Rafale fighter jets for ₹694.8 crores, presumably much lower than what the NDA government paid for them. He claimed there was no evidence of such a security agreement with France.

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