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“I challenge PM Modi for one on one debate”: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said, “I want to have a one on one debate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale deal and Combat aircraft.”


New Delhi| After a fiery verbal duel between the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha today, the latter decided to up the ante by challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi for one on one debate on Rafale deal. Rahul Gandhi while addressing a press conference said, “I want to have a one on one debate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale deal and Combat aircraft.” His response comes after FM Arun Jaitley in parliament mocked Gandhi’s knowledge in defence matters.

Rahul Gandhi further answered frequently asked questions on Rafale deal pricing by referring to a video clip of Jaitley from Lok Sabha. In his reply to Rahul Gandhi, the finance minister had said that the pricing of the entire deal is 58000 crores out of which worth 29000 crores contracts are given to offset. Referring to it, Gandhi said that the government is purchasing 36 aircraft. Thus, the price of per aircraft is 1600 crores. He further said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has consistently lied on the Rafale matter. “If the per aircraft price was less than that of during UPA why didn’t the government purchase 126 aircraft or more than that?” asked Rahul adding, “The bureaucracy well understands that Modi government has overturned the procedures.”

He even trained guns at Prime minister Narendra Modi. The Congress president said that instead of Defence Minister and Prime Minister facing the questions on Rafale deal, it is the finance minister who comes to the defence of PM Modi. “The Defence of the government in this matter has not been consistent,” Gandhi claimed.


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