25 Aug : News Express 24 :-
Senior Congress leader P. Raghal from purchasing Rafael fighter aircraft Chidambaram has once again attacked the central government. Chidambaram accused the government of neglecting the purchase process and several committees in the deal case. Chidambaram also said that before signing the deal, Sarak has not taken the cabinet committee into confidence. He demanded that the government explain the reasons behind this.
We think that the matter is serious enough that there should be a public debate & there should be a detailed inquiry. Which is why the Congress President & the party has raised it: Congress leader P Chidamabaram on Rafale deal pic.twitter.com/9RIYRdHKPK
— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2018
He was speaking at a press conference at the Congress office. Chidambaram said, why was the neglect of the purchase of Rafael transactions in the purchase of defense equipment? Why was the value information committee kept in dark? The committee has not been taken into confidence even for this.
Chidambaram also claimed that there is a big difference between the cost of each aircraft fixed by the UPA government and the price for the NDA government. The UPA government has cost Rs 526 crores for every Rafael aircraft and the NDA government has set an aircraft price of Rs 1670 crores. If these figures are true then they also raised the question of how these prices increased three times.
Rafael Deveron has been facing a longstanding dispute between the Congress and the BJP. The Congress alleges that during the deal, the BJP did not pay attention to national interest. Congress has also accused the increased price for a contract to benefit the BJP industrialists.