New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday attacked the opposition for demanding to make the details of Rafale jet deal public with France over corruption charges saying it is “non-practical”. Accusing the opposition of trying to mislead the people, Rajnath Singh said that all the details of the Rafale deal cannot be made public in view of the nation’s security.
“This has also happened during the tenure of the previous governments,” the Union Minister said. Accusing the Congress of trying to come to power in the Lok Sabha Election 2019 by spreading lies about the aircraft deal, the Home Minister said that the present government has given preference to the uplift of the poor.
He said, “The present government has given preference to the uplift of the poor. There were only three mobile manufacturing factories during the tenure of the previous government whereas in the four years of the present government 100 new factories have come up.”
Referring to national security, he said that on the pattern of Israel, an integrated Border Security System was being implemented to secure and strengthen the borders. He said it would not be possible to secure the 22,000 km of land and water borders of the country with barbed wires. “Hence, the central government has decided to adopt technology-based security system.”
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi for making charges on Rafale deal based on half-truths and denied that the Rafale deal had snatched jobs from the Indian aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
“There is no truth in the Congress allegations on the Rafale deal as they are based on falsehood and half-truths. The question of taking away jobs from HAL does not arise as the UPA government had no deal with its maker Dassault Aviation,” Sitharaman told reporters here on Sunday. Sitharaman said the inter-government agreement on Rafale was much better than what was proposed in the non-deal of the previous regime.
To which, former finance minister P Chidambaram targetted Sitharaman listing out three reasons that should prompt a probe in the aircraft deal. Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram asked the Defence Minister if the negotiation by the NDA government was cheaper, then “why didn’t the government buy all the 126 aircraft but just 36 of them”.