Rafale deal: BJP hits back at Congress
BJP has hit back at Congress’ allegations against the Rafale deal accusing Rahul Gandhi of misleading the Parliament and the nation. It said the UPA’s Defence Ministers had also termed the deal as confidential and accused Rahul of not doing his homework on foreign policy and security issues.
The Congress on Monday showed no signs of relenting despite being cornered in every way over its baseless allegations over the Rafale Deal. During the discussion on the no confidence motion, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had quashed rahul Gandhi’s allegations and PM Modi had clearly stated that the deal was transparent and clean.
In a press Confeerence on Monday, the Congress stated that the govt had misled parliamentarians regarding the deal. The BJP retaliated with a press conference saying that Rahul Gandhi had misled the house regarding the deal.
Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad said that since the deal was confidential its details could not be shared. Ravishankar Prasad said that Congress Chief had dragged the French govt too into the issue causing the latter to issue a rebuttal. He questioned how the Congress could make such statements when UPA Defence Ministers AK Anthony and Pranab Mukherjee had both refused to divulge details of the deal in the House during their tenure. He slams Rahul Gandhi as one who does not do his homework, and fools around with important issues like Defence, security and Foreign affairs.
It is to be noted that after after Rahul Gandhi’s claims alleging discrepancies in the Rafale Deal , France had issued a statement refuting his allegations and stressed on its confidentiality. Despite this the Congress continues to politicise such a confidential matter.
Meanwhile, the delivery of 36 Rafale aircrafts in a fly way condition along with associated equipment and weapons will commence from September next year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informs Parliament.
Indian Air force will not have to wait for long for the Rafale. The political allegations notwithstanding, Centre has said that the Rafale deal is on track and the delivery of the advanced planes will start in September 2019.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has stated that the fighter jet deal with France will be completed by April 2022.
Rafale will be the most modern fighter to augment the firepower capabilities of Indian Air Force and will prove to be a game changer and a force multiplier.