Taking up the Congress challenge over Rafale, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday resorted to a point-by-point analysis of the deal in Lok Sabha, rejecting a number of accusations by the Congress government. She said that timely purchase of equipment should be the priority while negotiating defence deals. She also clarified there was no agreement between HAL and Dassault Aviation, and that the Congress was shedding crocodile tears for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Taking a swipe at the Congress party over its allegation that the government did favour to Anil Ambani by making his company the offset partner of the Rafale deal, the defence minister reminded it of Bofors scam and said, “For every ‘AA (Anil Ambani)’ there is a ‘Q (Quattrocchi)’ and ‘RV (Robert Vadra)’,” she said.
Congress chief also asked the defence minister to tell the House who decided on giving the offset contract to Anil Ambani firm. “Price is not part of the secrecy pact. My question is Anil Ambani was brought in for the contract. Who was the one to decide on Anil Ambani?” said Gandhi.