Agencies, New Delhi
Continuing his attack on PM Narendra Modi and the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on th deal for rafale fighter jets, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the deal was a ‘scam’.
Talking to reporters here, Mr 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. Modi ji personally went to Paris, he changed the deal. The whole country knows it.’’
In reply to a question, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman said that the details of the deal with France for the Rafale fighter jets cannot be disclosed as per the inter-governmental agreement as it is ‘classified information’.
1. Informing Parliament about the price is a national security threat
2. Brand all who ask, Anti National.’’
On Monday, Mrs Sitharaman, in a written reply to a question by Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal seeking to know why the government was not disclosing details of the deal in which Congress has alleged that the price of the fighter jets being paid by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is higher than what was finalised by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in a previous deal, said,’’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 Govt of India in 2008.’’