Congress attack over the Rafale

Rafale deal has become public debate between Congress and BJP with points of reference from both political parties. Rafale is a French twin-engine multi-role fighter jet designed and built by Dassault Aviation.The Rafale jets are considered one of the most potential combat jets globally. India wanted, fleet of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft in 2007 after the defence ministry, headed then by Congress leader A K Antony, cleared the proposal from the Indian Air Force.The contenders for the mega deal were Lockheed Martin’s F-16s, Eurofighter Typhoon, Russia’s MiG-35, Sweden’s Gripen, Boeing’s F/A-18s and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale. After a long-drawn process, bids were opened in December 2012 and Dassault Aviation emerged as L-1 (lowest bidder).Originally 18 planes were to be manufactured in France and 108 in India in collaboration with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.There were lengthy negotiations between the then UPA government and Dassault on prices and transfer of technology. Details of the negotiated price per Rafale were not officially announced, but it was suggested by the then UPA government that the size of the deal would be USD 10.2 billion.Congress claimed per aircraft rate including avionics and weapons was zeroed in at Rs 526 crore (As per Euro exchange rates prevailing then).

During his visit to France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 10, 2015, announced India will purchase 36 Rafale jets in a government-to-government agreement.

After the announcement, questions were raised by the Opposition on how the PM finalised the deal without approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security.

A joint statement issued on April 10, 2015, after talks between Modi and then French President François Hollande, said they agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of 36 Rafale jets on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway.

The statement said the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by Indian Air Force, in clear reference to negotiations and testing process for the Rafale jets under the UPA government.

Congress lead UPA delayed the Rafale deal by over a decade and seriously compromised national security, the people of our country will never forgive them for it. said FM
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has responded to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s contention that the allegations of a scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal were ‘complete falsehood’, referring to the matter as a ‘Great Rafale Robbery’
Congress Sr leaders mounting the attack on the government over the Rafale fighter jet issue, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today accused the Centre of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and “bypassing” several committees to secure the deal.

 

Young India is waiting for a decision on a joint parliamentary committee on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today, a day after he gave him 24 hours to “check and revert” on the issue.
As Indian Youth Congress workers gathered outside the AICC office in preparation for a protest march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on the issue, Gandhi took to Twitter to address the finance minister.
“Dear Mr Jaitley, Less than 6 hrs left for your deadline on the #Rafale JPC to run out. Young India is waiting. I hope you’re busy convincing Modi Ji and Anil Ambani Ji about why they should listen to you & approve this!” he said.
The Congress, which has launched a frontal attack on the government over the Rafale issue, is undertaking a pan India campaign to “apprise people” on the deal.
Party leaders are fanning out across the country, holding press conferences which will be followed by plans for district and state level agitations on the issue.
 Delhi, the Congress is holding protests outside its headquarters and will march towards the PM’s house with top party leaders expected to participate in the agitation.
“Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the ‘GREAT RAFALE ROBBERY’. How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your ‘Supreme Leader’ is protecting ‘his friend’, so this may be inconvenient. Do check and revert in 24 hours. We’re waiting,” Gandhi said on Twitter yesterday after Jaitley spoke on the deal.  — PTI

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