The crucial Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France figured yet again in the Parliament today as the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi mentioned it in his debate during the no-confidence motion.
But the Rahul Gandhi’s assertion was not only set aside by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, even France issued a statement contradicting the stand of Congress chief.
The Gandhi scion had claimed that France does not have any objection to New Delhi disclosing the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jets bought by the government in 2016.
The French have reiterated that there was a 2008 security pact between the two countries to protect classified information.
“These provisions naturally apply to the inter-governmental agreement concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons,” France is said to have clarified in a statement.
Rahul Gandhi had told parliament during the debate on the no-trust motion that he had asked visiting French President Emmanuel Macron if his government didn’t want the pricing details to be out.
Gandhi has called the deal a scam and has been alleging it for quite some time.
The Congress claims that the price of the fighter jets was higher than what was finalised by the United Progressive Alliance government which had negotiated a deal for 126 aircrafts.>