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Cong to review Rafale deal if it comes to power, says its U’khand in-charge

The Congress will review the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France if voted to power in the 2019 general election, its Uttarakhand in-charge Anurgah Narayan Singh said here on Wednesday

dehradun Updated: Jul 25, 2018 22:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Congress Uttarakhand in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh (C) with Congress state unit chief Pritam Singh (L) and leader of opposition Indira Hridayesh (R) in Dehradun on Wednesday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

The Congress will review the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France if voted to power in the 2019 general election, its Uttarakhand in-charge Anurgah Narayan Singh said here on Wednesday.

The party is demanding that the central government reveal the price of each fighter aircraft and the total amount that India will pay for Rafale jets.

The Congress also alleged that the central government struck the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets at a higher cost than what the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance government led by it had negotiated with France.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman are not disclosing the price of the Rafale jets under the revised deal between the NDA government and France government. As per our sources, the new deal has been signed at three-fold price per jet than original deal. If voted to power, we would launch an investigation into it,” Singh said at a press conference.

“Originally, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was too manufacture the deal jets in India but in the new deal, the NDA government roped in a private company. Something is fishy,” the Congress leader said.

On barbs exchanged by the party’s state leaders during Tuesday’s state Congress committee’s summit here, he said: “Unlike the BJP, there is democracy in the Congress. Hence, everyone was allowed to speak on their issues with full freedom at the meeting.”

Earlier in the morning, former chief minister Harish Rawat tweeted: “The party needs to unite by setting aside differences to win all the five Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019.”

“The Congress is a big family and there may be difference of opinion between several members. We wanted to listen to everyone, so that we can work on solutions and resolve issues so as to unite in our fight for the much bigger challenge in 2019,” he said.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 22:05 IST