Rahul Gandhi questions governments silence over disclosing price of Rafale deal

Amethi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday during his ongoing visit to his parliamentary constituency raised questions over the silence of the Union government in disclosing the price of Rafale fighter plane.

Addressing the media during his visit Gandhi said,”We have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister what is the price of the aircraft. Defence Minister says that she will not let the youth of Hindustan know the price. Defence Minister told us that there is a secret pact between India and France (not to disclose the price).”

Gandhi further alleged that he raised the issue during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and asked him whether there was a secrecy pact between the two governments not to disclose the details. He said, “Again they (Indian government) tell us that we cannot reveal the price of the Rafale aircraft but Macron told me there is nothing as such. If the Indian government wants to reveal the price of the Rafale aircraft they can.”

Rasing irregularities in the deal, Gandhi said, “First, the question is why did Defence Minister lie? Then suddenly you get the price of the aircraft Rs. 526 crore versus Rs. 1600 crore. Even other countries have also bought the Rafale aircraft but not for Rs. 1600 crore.”

Attacking PM Modi over his relation with cooperates firm, Gandhi said, “He (Modi) always says that he wants to be the chowkidar (watchman) of the nation, not the prime minister. But he has given the money belonging to the people of the country to a private firm.”


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