Raipur: Congress president, Rahul Gandhi termed “the Rafale fighter jet deal” as the country’s “biggest ever” defense scam and blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing an event in Raipur, he claimed that the price of the Rafale jets “magically” rose from Rs. 540 to Rs. 1600 crore per piece. India had signed an agreement in 2015 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter planes from France.Mr. Gandhi, while speaking after inaugurating the newly-constructed office of the party’s state unit, also said that PM Modi has not yet spoken a word on the rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Rajasthan. The Congress leader alleged that a contract related to the fighter deal was snatched from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and given to a private company which has never made an airplane nor taken any defense contract.
“The UPA government had readied the Rafale contract, according to which the price for each jet was approximately Rs. 540 crores. The contract was ready and Modi ji only had to take a decision. But, Modi Ji goes to France and scraps the previous contract and the Defense Minister and other cabinet ministers do not know about it,” Mr. Gandhi said.
“The company, which was given the contract, was in a debt of Rs. 45,000 crores,” he claimed.