Rafale deal: Govt says Congress charge shameful

Rafale deal: Govt says Congress charge shameful

"Why PM bypassed experienced HAL & gave the deal to AA rated businessman with no defence experience?"

The final agreement for the jets was signed the following year.

The opposition party also alleged that the aircraft were being purchased at much higher rates than what was decided after the completion of the tender process under the previous UPA government.

"These allegations are shameful.The deal was finalised following a transparent procedure", PTI reported Sitharaman as telling reporters.

Sitharaman was in Chennai on Saturday and met with a host of defence companies including L&T, Reddy Group, MRF, TVS, LMW, EEYES, besides several micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at an event organised by the Confederation of India Industry (CII) in Chennai. "Twelve long years of negotiations and still (there was) no decision, although critically recognising the need for strengthening the Air Force", said Sitharaman.

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She also asked the Minister to take concrete steps on the subject ahead of the State government's proposal to conduct the Global Investors Meet scheduled in September 2018.

On Friday, Congress had countered Nirmala saying, there are repeated attempts to cover up the irregularities in the deal and it raises serious questions on "national interests" and security.

"Through the entire decade 2004-2014, the UPA government was unable to come to a decision to strengthen our defence preparedness". "Tamil Nadu should look at futuristic segment and the Centre will be with you", she said.

Stressing that it was a "government-to-government contract", he told the media at the Adampur Air Force station near here that the IAF was getting 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) at a greatly "negotiated price". Why don't you question Prime Minister Modi on the Rafale deal, or on Amit Shah's son. "What about the loot?", he tweeted tagging a report on the Rafale deal. "The government has negotiated a very good deal", Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said.

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