Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

A view of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday

A view of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday

He said Congress was manufacturing lies. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA.

In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets off-the-shelf from Dassault, the French aircraft builder and integrator.

Gandhi has also asked for discussion in Parliament on the Rafale deal under a rule that compels the government to answer, NDTV reported.

He also advised the Congress President to "learn" from Pranab Mukherjee "lessons on national security". "These security pacts are inherent part of these defence contracts", he said.

"My charge against you is now you are seriously compromising national security by seeking details of the Rafale deal", Jaitley said, in response to an intervention by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who said the government was accountable to Parliament for expenditure incurred by it.

He posted screenshots of several "parliamentary replies" on the prices of several defence purchases made during the UPA government.

Sitharaman told Parliament on Monday that the details of the deal with France for the Rafale fighter jets can not be disclosed as per the inter-governmental agreement as it is "classified information".

The chaos forced Jaitley to abruptly end his speech and prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to declare that speech of Jaitley will be considered as tabled.

Continuing to attack the Narendra Modi government on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that there has been a "corruption" in the defence deal and will be "exposed".

Mr Gandhi had earlier said it was clear that the Prime Minister was not interested in answering fundamental questions.

"Some time ago, the defence minister said she would give the pricing information to the country", Gandhi said.

"We are extremely sympathetic to the people of Andhra Pradesh and will look into each issue sympathetically", he said.

The Finance Minister also said that issues around the Railways and Petroleum will also be sorted out in consultation with the ministries concerned.

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