Congress’s Rahul Gandhi tweeted a jibe on the Centre hours after the primary contingent of Rafale jet fighters made a landing Haryana’s Ambala this afternoon. In his tweets, Mr Gandhi — one of many greatest critics of the federal government’s Rs 59,000-crore deal — revived the three questions he had centered on earlier than final yr’s common elections.
Mr Gandhi’s questions — posted in each Hindi and English, learn: “Congratulations to IAF for Rafale. In the meantime, can GOI reply: 1) Why every plane prices Rs1670 Crores as a substitute of Rs526 Crores? 2) Why 36 plane have been purchased as a substitute of 126? 3) Why was bankrupt Anil given a Rs30,000 Crores contract as a substitute of HAL?”
Congratulations to IAF for Rafale.
In the meantime, can GOI reply:
1) Why every plane prices 1670 Crores as a substitute of 526 Crores?
2) Why 36 plane have been purchased as a substitute of 126?
3) Why was bankrupt Anil given a 30,000 Crores contract as a substitute of HAL?
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 29, 2020
The Congress marketing campaign for nationwide election — held in April-Could final yr — was constructed across the allegation that PM Modi had signed off on an overpriced deal to facilitate an offset contract for Anil Ambani’s inexperienced defence firm. The federal government had rubbished the allegations.
The Congress was decimated within the election, with allegations relating to Rafale and Mr Gandhi’s “Chowkidar Chor Hai (the watchman is a thief)” marketing campaign — a private assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi — failing to translate into votes.
The Supreme Courtroom has given a clear chit to the federal government relating to the deal. In November final yr, following a Congress petition, the highest courtroom had confirmed its earlier order, saying there was no want to start an inquiry into the matter.
The Congress had continued its demand for an investigation into the deal.
Because the 5 Rafale jets, escorted by two Sukhoi-30s landed at this time, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted a warning.
With out naming the Congress, Mr Singh tweeted: “I wish to add, whether it is anybody who ought to be anxious about or crucial about this new functionality of the Indian Air Power, it ought to be those that need to threaten our territorial integrity.”
One other tweet learn: “The Rafale jets have been bought after they totally met the operational necessities of the IAF. The baseless allegations towards this procurement have already been answered and settled”.
Mr Singh had additionally praised the Prime Minister, tweeting : “The Rafale jets have been bought solely as a result of PM Shri @narendramodi took the precise resolution to get these aircrafts via an Inter-Governmental Settlement with France, after the lengthy pending procurement case for them couldn’t progress. I thank him for his braveness & decisiveness.”