BJP govt misleading people, Parl on Rafale pricing through diversion, lies, deception: Congress | India News
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stood by his assertion in Parliament that the French President had informed him personally that there was no secret clause on the Rafale deal.
“Allow them to deny if they need. He (French president) mentioned that earlier than me. I used to be there, Anand Sharma and former prime minister Manmohan Singh had been additionally there,” Gandhi informed reporters.
Addressing the Lok Sabha throughout a debate on the no-confidence movement towards the NDA authorities, Gandhi mentioned the French president had clearly conveyed to him throughout a gathering that there was no drawback in sharing particulars regarding the Rafale deal value Rs 58,000 crore.
Hours after Gandhi’s feedback, a Spokesperson within the French International Ministry mentioned France had signed a safety pact with India in 2008 which legally binds the 2 international locations to guard the categorised info which may influence safety and operational capabilities of the defence gear.
Nonetheless, the official didn’t make clear whether or not the provisions of the pact prohibit the Indian authorities to reveal value particulars of the Rafale deal.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit out at Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for having “misled” the folks and Parliament on the Rafale deal pricing, alleging that this “diabolical recreation of loss to public exchequer” has led to sacrificing the pursuits of public sector endeavor, Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL).
“A pissed off BJP is enjoying a 3D Sport on Rafale – ‘diversion, damning lies and deception’,” he mentioned.
The Congress chief alleged that the “unilateral” buy of 36 Rafale plane, suffers from full non-transparency in disclosure of ‘buy value’ of plane, violation of the necessary provisions of the ‘Defence Procurement Process’, absence of prior clearance from Cupboard Committee on Safety, sacrificing nationwide curiosity on ‘Switch of Expertise’ to HAL, bypassing the PSU on the Rs 36,000 crore ‘offset contract’ in favour of an organization with zero expertise of producing fighter plane.
Surjewala alleged that there was a lack of Rs 41,205 crore of public cash on Rafale pricing.
The value of every Rafale plane in line with the worldwide bid opened on December 12, 2012, through the UPA authorities involves Rs 526.10 crore and Rs 18,940 crore for 36 plane, whereas the Modi authorities purchased 36 Rafale plane for Euro 7.5 billion (Rs 1670.70 crore per plane) totalling Rs 60,145 crore for 36 plane, he claimed.
This value is clear from the annual report, 2016 of Dassault Aviation, Surjewala mentioned and requested whether or not the BJP will clarify the additional quantity of Rs 41,205 crore paid from public cash.
Shockingly, Dassault Aviation offered 48 Rafale plane to 2 different international locations — Egypt and Qatar (24 to Egypt and 24 to Qatar) — in 2015 for a mere Euro 7.9 billion which involves Rs 1319.80 crore per plane, he claimed.
“Then, why did India pay Rs 1670.70 crore per Rafale plane, buy of which was introduced by the prime minister on April 10, 2015? Even in comparison with Egypt and Qatar, India is clearly paying an additional value of Rs 350.90 crore per plane or Rs 12,632 crore for 36 plane,” he mentioned.
“The Modi authorities and the defence minister are deceptive the nation on ‘non-disclosure of value’,” the Congress spokesperson alleged.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press convention on November 17, final yr publicly directed the defence secretary to share the acquisition value of 36 Rafale plane, he mentioned and requested, “Why is she now refusing to reveal the value? Why is the Modi authorities then refusing to reveal to cost?”
Surjewala mentioned the minister of state for defence, Subhash Bhamre, in a reply to an unstarred query within the Lok Sabha on November 18, 2016, revealed the value of every Rafale plane as roughly Rs 670 crore and requested, “Why is the defence minister then mendacity at present?”