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Rafale aircraft deal: Rahul Gandhi counters Arun Jaitley, shows UPA govt’s parliamentary replies on Defence deals

Rahul Gandhi has been stepping up attack on the present dispensation over the Rafale aircraft deal, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not revealing details because there was something “fishy” in the deal.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2018 8:14 pm
Rafale aircraft deal: Rahul Gandhi counters Arun Jaitley, presents UPA govt's response on Defence deals Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing the media at Parliament. (Express photo by Renuka Puri/File)

Hitting back at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Rafale aircraft deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday made public three parliamentary replies by the previous UPA government in connection with armament purchases. His response comes a day after Jaitley alleged that defence ministers of the previous UPA government too had refused to share details of armament purchases.

“Dear Mr Jaitlie, You said the UPA never released prices of Defence purchases? To nail your lie, here are 3 Parliamentary replies by the UPA with full transparency on pricing. Now do ask our Raksha Mantri to tell India how much each RAFALE jet cost,” the Congress president tweeted while sharing the UPA government’s reply over the deal for the acquisition of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi also twisted the Finance Minister’s name to indicate that he spoke untruths. The Congress chief is already facing a privilege motion for his word play on Jaitley’s surname.

On Thursday, Jaitley mounted a counter-attack, accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of “seriously comprising India’s security” by insisting that the government disclose details of the Rafale aircraft deal. During his reply to the discussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Jaitley said Pranab Mukherjee had refused to give details of a contract by calling the informaton classified.

“Kindly ask your party president to go to Pranab Mukherjee,” he told Congress members.

“My charge is they are seriously compromising India’s security,” Jaitley had said. Break-up of armament purchase deals, he said, can divulge the kind of weapons that a country has and this is not in the “interest of the country”. Such information, he said, can let the “enemy” know about the type of weapons and capacity available with India. READ | Arun Jaitley slams Congress: Compromising India’s security by asking Rafale details

Gandhi has been stepping up attack on the present dispensation over the Rafale aircraft deal, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not revealing details because there was something “fishy” in the deal. Alleging scam in Rafale deal, he said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier said she would disclose all details about the pricing but was now saying she could not do so as it was a state secret. “Which of her two statements are correct because she has made both statements,” he asked.

“Rafale maamle main kuch na kuch gadbadi to hui hain. We had asked three questions to the Prime Minister but there is no answer,” he said. “There can be only one answer and it is that there is something fishy about this.”

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  1. Sandeep Hazare
    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    What a joke in politics.who is faking what is arguably not understanding. If Mr Rahul Gandhi says and displays THE proof to the finance minister Mr jetly then these bunch of ministers should come forward and declare the status of the deal to counter Mr Rahul 's said allegations . The government must come clean on this issue before the ensuing elections else general public of this Indian sovereign will assume Mr Rahul is genius and transpa and may elect him as a prime minister.
    1. rishi
      Feb 11, 2018 at 12:08 am
      wrong. the general public is far more prudent in voting than you seem to believe.
    2. S
      Feb 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm
      Apni baari aati hai to national security ka issue ban jata hai modi and company pagal ho gai hai..
      1. Chetan Hanumantha
        Feb 10, 2018 at 7:52 am
        Modi's new slogan:- Main kahunga, kisiko bolnedunga, kisiko information na dunga. Main chokedar nahi, shamildhar hai.
        1. Sivaraman Mudaliar
          Feb 10, 2018 at 10:12 am
        2. Arun Kumar
          Feb 10, 2018 at 6:29 am
          Rahul Gandhi lacks maturity in issuing statements on Defence purchases.Hope AK Anthony, Ex-Defence Minister will correct and educate him.Rahul Needs good advised but not like Manishankar Aiyer or Digvijay Singh if Congress wants to come to power.
          1. IG
            Feb 10, 2018 at 2:08 am
            When Pranab Mukherjee and AK Anthony were asked about the details of some defence deals they did not disclose on that occasion. That was not a lie. A k Anthony did disclose about some other deals. It s to the discretion of defence ministry to decide wat to disclose and what not to depending on the type of equipments and weapons.
            1. Sandeep Hazare
              Feb 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm
              Are you proxy to the said disclosure of yours.please be honest and don't try to fake your views and imaginations on the serious subjects .
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