India had 4 Rafale Mantries but only PM knows about deal, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress party has been asking the Narendra Modi-led government to reveal the price of each fighter aircraft and the total amount of the Rafale deal.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2018 11:43 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the extended Congress Working Committee meeting, at Parliament House.(HT File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has, in another tweet attack, alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “personally re-negotiated” the Rafale fighter aircraft deal with France and so none of his “four revolving” defence ministers had details about it.

“Since 2014, India has had 4 revolving Raksha Mantris. Now we know why. It gave the PM space to personally re-negotiate RAFALE with the French. India has had 4 “RAFALE Mantris”. But, none of them know what really transpired in France. Except the PM. But he won’t speak!” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

To the tweet, Gandhi attached an Amul butter advertisement with the catchline, “Pass or Rafail? Eat at Jet speed” to drive his point home.

The main opposition party has been demanding that the government reveal the price of each fighter aircraft and the total amount that India will pay for the Rafale jets, alleging that the Modi government struck the deal to purchase 36 aircraft at a higher cost than what the United Progressive Alliance government had negotiated with France.

The Modi government has maintained that the price cannot be revealed, citing a secrecy clause in the agreement between India and France.

The Congress on Tuesday served notices for breach of privilege against Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman alleging that they “misled” the Lok Sabha on the Rafale deal during a debate in the House on a no-confidence motion against the government on Friday, July 20.

The Modi government defeated the no-confidence motion by a two-thirds majority of the votes. The no-confidence motion received 126 votes in favour and 325 votes against with 451 members of parliament present and voting.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 11:20 IST