New Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday, in a fresh attack at Congress over Rafale aircraft deal, said that the grand old party is running a “malicious campaign” against the government and has “abandoned” national interest for its false propaganda.
Singh was responding to a question about the allegations of corruption levelled by the Congress against the Modi government. “The Supreme Court has spoken on it, the defence minister has spoken on it…For those who use this for their own political ends, yeh public hai sab janti hai (the public knows it all),” Irani said.
Taking a dig at Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram, Irani said, “The Congress’ game of running a malicious campaign on this issue and abandoning national interest for their own politics has been exposed.”
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday had accused the government of compromising national security and asked why it bought only 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of 126 required by the Air Force.
“The Supreme Court has spoken on it, the defence minister has spoken on it…For those who use this for their own political ends, yeh public hai sab janti hai (the public knows it all),” Irani said.
Meanwhile, on January 16 some reports claimed that France had ordered 28 of the jets at half the price of what India had paid. However, later the French government refuted the reports saying that the 2 billion euro figure mentioned in a news report for the purchase of the 28 fighters was meant for development of the new F4 variant of the jet.
The Congress has been alleging that the deal was overpriced, violated procedures, and was intended to benefit the Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Defence as the “offsets partner”. The NDA Government says it got a better deal as far as price, equipment or delivery was concerned.
The BJP has rejected all the charges, insisting that the deal signed by the NDA government was honest and cost less than what was decided during the UPA dispensation.
(With PTI inputs)