Persisting with his attack on the government on the purchase of Rafale fighter jets from France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the continued silence of the Prime Minister on the matter shows that it is a clear case of corruption.
Rejecting the statement by the Defence Ministry on Wednesday that details with regard to pricing of the jets was classified information and could not be disclosed in the interest of national security, Mr Gandhi said,’’now the Defence Minister says that they (Government) cannot reveal the details on the Rafale deal. This is a ‘U turn’ from her earlier statement expressing willingness to reveal details in this regard.
This shows that there is some irregularity involved in the deal. We asked three question from the PM but did not get any reply from him. This makes it a clear case of corruption.’’
Mr Gandhi said that in his reply in parliament to the debate on the motion of Thanks to the President’s address, the PM failed to answer the fundamental questions, including those on the Rafale deal.
‘’The PM spoke for nearly an hour. He could have revealed details about the deal including the price on which the jets were purchased from Dassault aviation, whether the CCS permission as obtained and the reason for taking away the contract from the state owned HAL.
But he chose not to do so,’’Mr Gandhi said. The Congress has been attacking the NDA government on the deal for Rafale jets purchased during the PM’s visit to France in 2015, alleging that the price at which they were brought was much more than was negotiated during the UPA regime.