Arun Jaitley clarifies on cost parameter to calculate returns to farmers

10 February, 2018, 08:53 | Author: Diane Mills
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Rahul on Tuesday told media the unwillingness to reveal the details of the deal implies that it is a scam. His response comes a day after Jaitley alleged that defence ministers of the previous UPA government too had refused to share details of armament purchases.

On Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah targeted the Congress for its attack on the government over the Rafale deal. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. Secrecy is an inherent part of any deal, he said.

He also advised Rahul to learn "lessons on national security" from former Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The Congress is compromising national security by asking for details which should not be made public, by which I mean known to the enemy. Jailtey cited similar kind of replies given by Mukherjee and Antony while rejecting the questions on pricing of Defence purchases earlier.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday sought to put a lid on the allegations of corruption, levelled by the Congress on the Rafale fighter jet deal with France, saying divulging specific details would seriously impinge on the national security.

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The Congress president is already facing a breach of privilege notice for deliberately twisting Jaitley's surname to "Jaitlie" after the finance minister's clarification to the Rajya Sabha to end a deadlock over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's objectionable remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh on the Gujarat election trail.

"Is it correct that according to global bids opened on December 12, 2012, the price per aircraft comes to $80.95 million (Rs 526.1 crore) as against the Modi government's per aircraft negotiated price of $241.66 million (Rs 1,570.8 crore) as per current exchange rates", Surjewala asked. He also said that the Budget, in these challenging times, provided Rs 120 billion relief to the middle class, including pensioners and senior citizens.

Mr Gandhi issued a notice under rule 357 of conduct of business for a discussion on the Rafale deal, but the discussion could not take place. He said it implied the "unfinished task" left by 55 years of Congress rule. "There can be only one answer and it is that there is something fishy about this", he said.

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