Congress adds local flavour to Rafale deal

The Congress party that has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to one of the biggest scam in Rafale deal, is now adding to it a local flavour in Karnataka, by alleging that that state has lost Rs 1.60 lakh crore due to this deal.

AICC spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that this deal has affected the Make in India and employment generation in Karnataka. According to him, the public sector undertaking HAL had entered into a work share agreement in 2014 with Rafale Dassault Aviation worth Rs 36,000 crore for offset contract during the UPA tenure.

However, in the post-announcement of unilateral purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts by Prime Minister Modi in France on April 10, 2015, the HAL was allegedly bypassed. The offset contract worth Rs 30,000 crore was to a private Company—Reliance Defence Ltd.

He asked why was the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) completely violated in the deal and why were the Contract Negotiation Committee and the Price Negotiation Committee not consulted before the deal? Why the Cabinet Committee on Security was was totally ignored?  He demanded that the Prime Minister should answer these questions so that the country would know what actually happened in the deal.


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