Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 29:- Launching a scathing attack on Congress Part and its chief Rahul Gandhi, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday penned “15 Questions that expose Congress’s falsehood on Rafale.”
In a long Facebook blog, the finance minister claims that the Congress has launched a false campaign “on Rafale aircraft deal based on peddled untruth has been casting a cloud on the Inter-Governmental agreement & seriously compromising national security.”
Jaitley claimed that Congress and Rahul are guilty of three accounts:
1. Firstly, the UPA delayed the deal by over a decade comprising national security.
2. Secondly, Rahul and Congress have statements on price and procedure are completely false.
3. Thirdly, Congress is trying to delay a defence procurement by raising these issues and as a result, India’s defence preparedness further is suffering.
The Congress Party and its leader, Shri Rahul Gandhi, are guilty on three counts: firstly, the UPA delayed the deal by over a decade comprising national security;
Secondly, every fact that Shri Rahul Gandhi and the Congress Party has spoken on pricing and procedure are completely false, & thirdly, Congress Party’s effort of raising these issues is to further delay a defence procurement so that India’s defence preparedness further suffers.
Jaitley added that the Congress is peddling falsehoods by using various figures for the Rafale aircraft at different platforms.
“Rahul Gandhi quoted a price of Rs.700 Cr per aircraft in Delhi and Karnataka in April and May this year. In Parliament, he reduced it to Rs.520 Cr per aircraft, in Raipur he increased it to Rs.540 Cr;
“In Jaipur, he used the two figures – Rs.520Cr & Rs.540Cr in the same speech. In Hyderabad, he invented a new price of Rs.526 Cr. Truth has only one version, falsehood has many. Are these allegations being made without any familiarity with the facts of the Rafale purchase?” questioned Jaitley.
Congress and BJP have been at loggerheads over the Rafale issue for some time now.
Demanding an immediate response from Congress, Jaitley posted 15 questions on FB. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).