New Delhi: Congress has once again launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal alleging that the country was cheated to the tune of Rs 21,000 crore.
Addressing a press conference, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday said that NDA’s deal cost the exchequer. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of corruption in the deal stand vindicated, he added.
His remarks came in the wake of a report in French media that alleged that a middleman was paid 1 million Euros by Dassault aviation. The French media report said that Dassault claimed the money was paid for 50 replicas of Rafale jets and the order was given to an Indian defence company.
However, a Dassault Aviation spokesperson rejected the allegations and had earlier said that the company acts in strict compliance with OECD anti-bribery convention and national laws, in particular, the law of December 9, 2016, known as Spain 2.
#NewsAlert | Congress raises the Rafale issue again. 'NDA's deal cost the exchequer. India cheated to the tune of Rs 21,000 crore'.— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 9, 2021
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59,000-crore Rafale deal with Dassault Aviation
The NDA government had inked a Rs 59,000-crore deal on September 23, 2016, to procure 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation after a nearly seven-year exercise to procure 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force did not fructify during the UPA regime.
Prior to the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Congress raised several questions about the deal, including on rates of the aircraft, and alleged corruption but the government rejected all the charges.
Earlier, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had rejected the Congress allegations saying the party lost the case in Supreme Court and the CAG had also rejected the charges.
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