New Delhi, Feb 6: A day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman refused to disclose the cost per unit of the Rafale fighter jets in the Parliament, Congress president Rahul Gandhi questioned Modi government for not sharing details.
Speaking to media outside the Parliament, Gandhi said “the Defence Minister says that we will not reveal the amount paid for buying #Rafael aircrafts. What does this mean? This only means there is a scam”.
He alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally went to Paris, he changed the deal. The whole country knows it.
Later in a tweet, the Congress Chief took a dig at the central government saying that those who question are branded as ‘anti-national’.
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RM says the price negotiated for each RAFALE jet by the PM and his "reliable" buddy is a state secret.
1.Informing Parliament about the price is a national security threat
2.Brand all who ask, Anti National#TheGreatRafaleMystery
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 6, 2018
Employing sarcasm, Rahul stated the above information is a top secret and is not for public distribution.
Responding to a question by Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal seeking to know why the centre was not disclosing details of the deal, Sitharaman claimed that the secrecy pact between the governments of India and France prevented her from divulging the details.
“As per Article 10 of the Inter-Governmental Agreement between Governments of India and France on the purchase of Rafale aircraft, the protection of the classified information and material exchanged under IGA is governed by the provisions of the Security Agreement signed between Government of France and Government of India in 2008,” news agency IANS quoted.