Congress president Rahul Gandhi dubbed the contract with France for the Rafale jets a “scam
He alleged irregularities were the reason behind the Centre’s refusal to provide the agreement’s details
NEW DELHI: Underlining that PM Narendra Modi had personally inked the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi dubbed the contract with France for the fighter jets a “scam”. He alleged irregularities were the reason behind the Centre’s refusal to provide the agreement’s details.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha on Monday that details of the deal could not be made public since inter-governmental agreements were classified information.
Rahul told reporters, “For the first time, the defense minister is saying that we will not share details of money spent on buying the aircraft… I spoke during the Gujarat polls that there is a scam. Modiji has personally got the deal done.”
Rahul added, “Modiji had personally gone to Paris. Personally, the deal was changed. Entire India knows it. And the defense minister is saying she will not inform India, Indian martyrs and their relatives about the money spent on buying those aircraft. What does this mean? This only means there is some scam.”
Calling it “the great Rafale mystery”, Rahul tweeted that the deal was negotiated by the PM and his “reliable” buddy.
In a press conference, Congress said the purchaser sought to promote the financial interests of the PM’s “crony capitalist friends”. It accused the government of flagrant violation of defense procurement procedure and of not taking clearance of the Cabinet Committee on Security. It claimed that the new cost of each jet was said to be around three times higher than the cost finalised by the UPA in 2012. Congress said Eurofighter Typhoon had offered to reduce its price by 20% but was ignored.