Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday launched a no-holds barred attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi against the latter’s claims targeting the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale fighter jet deal. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
In an exclusive interview to news agency ANI – his first after resuming office following a three-month break – Jaitley said that the allegations by Congress are based on “complete falsehood”, adding that Rahul Gandhi himself has given “seven different prices in different speeches” with regard to the 2007 Rafale deal. Also Read - Full lockdown Is The Only Way to Stop Corona Now, Govt Doesn't Get It: Rahul Gandhi
“Congress Party’s false campaign launched on Rafale aircraft deal based on peddled untruth has been casting a cloud on the Inter-Governmental agreement and seriously compromising national security,” said Jaitley.
“This (allegations on Rafale deal) is like a kindergarten or primary school debate, “Well, I was paying 500 something and you’ve paid 1600 something”. That’s the argument being given, it shows how little understanding (Rahul Gandhi) he has,” he added.
The finance minister questioned the Congress if it is aware of the fact that the Indian government negotiated on the deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from 2015 to 2016, and finally inked the deal at 9 per cent cheaper prices from what was finalised in 2007 during the UPA rule.