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Revealing Rafale deal details not in national interest: FM

10 February 2018

Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha we inherited 4.5 per cent fiscal deficit from UPA and have brought that down to 3.5 per cent.

Rahul's statement came minutes after he used the jibe on Twitter to criticise the Centre's claim that the UPA government had never released details of defence purchases.

On Thursday, Jaitley had said then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A.K. Antony had refused to disclose the details of the weapons purchased from the USA and Israel and added that the present government was following the tradition in national security. To nail your lie, here are three Parliamentary replies by the UPA with full transparency on pricing. "Now do ask our Raksha Mantri to tell India how much each RAFALE jet cost". Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. "So when you couldn't find anything, you said please disclose the price of the Rafale deal", Jaitley said while replying to the debate on the budget.

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Jailtey said that the Congress MPs should go to former President Pranab Mukherjee and learn lessons from him.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala accused the government of "doublespeak" and "sacrificing" national interests in the Rafale deal. Modi has run a clean government for last four years, so let us manufacturer a crisis, let us manufacture an issue.

Following Rahul Gandhi's response to government's charge that even the UPA during its tenure did reveal details of defence deals, the onus is once again is at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government which has denied to disclose deal detail.

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They said that Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon were found to be equal on all technical requirements by Indian Air Force and asked that after the Eurofighter later gave an offer to reduce its prices by 20 percent, why no fresh bids were sought through "inter-governmental agreement route" to get the best price.

"When you give details of a defence transaction, you give the details and capacity of the weapon system, which you don't want to inform the enemy".

In a tweet, Rahul has lashed out at Jaitley who had said the Congress chief is ignorant of the rules of the government.

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Citing past precedents, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday reiterated the Government's stand that pricing details of Rafale or any Defence transactions can not be made public.

Revealing Rafale deal details not in national interest: FM