Congress questions Defence Minister’s silence on Rafale jet price

Raking up the Rafale deal once again which was clinched at the government level with France, the Congress on Sunday questioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s silence over not revealing the price at which the aircraft was purchased.

Congress Spokesperson Pawan Khera hit back at the minister and said Ms Sitharaman took U-turn after agreeing to make public the rate of 36 Rafale jets.

Addressing the mediapersons here, Mr Khera said, “”The defence minister had asked the defence secretary to make public the rate at which Rafale 36 were purchased, but later she took a U-turn and announced that it is a confidential defence matter.”

He also asked why the Prime Minister is silent on the scam of 58,000 crore in Rafale deal?

The Congress leader further said, “In March 2018, the Indian Army told the parliamentary panel that only eight per cent of their equipment is state of art and the rest is vintage.”

Accusing her of not carrying her duties of a defence minister he said, “The Indian Army has told parliamentary panel that they are short of resources. What steps have been taken thereafter for their development? You have allocated just 1.8 per cent of GDP to defence, which is the lowest allocation since 1962.”

The leader also alleged the government that they do not answer any questions or allegations raised by the oppositions. 

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