New Delhi: Soon after the CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled in Rajya Sabha by the Modi government, Union Minister Arun Jaitley mounted a verbal attack on Congress and other Opposition parties.
Speaking foremost on the crucial finding in CAG that placed the NDA’s Rafale deal 2.8% cheaper than the agreement of erstwhile UPA government, Jaitley said, “We (NDA government) stand vindicated. It has blasted the big lie which was being spearheaded by the Congress.”
Urging people to stand by the government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Jaitley gave a clarion call and said, “The Supreme Court has satisfied itself, the CAG has satisfied itself, the government stands vindicated. The matter doesn’t finish here, the people have to punish those who misled the country. This is exactly the repetition of 1989.”
Explaining his reference to the ‘1989 incident’, the Union minister said, “In 1989 when the Congress government headed by Shri Rajeev Gandhi was mired in corruption, they manufactured a Saint Kitts against Mr VP Singh. Now, because Mr Modi has a clean image, they manufacture a crisis.”
Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday also tweeted that lies of the Congress and Opposition parties stand exposed by the CAG report on Rafale, which reaffirms the dictum that ‘truth shall prevail’.
He said, the CAG report outlines that 2016 deal terms were lower in terms of price, faster in terms of delivery, while ensuring better maintenance and lower escalation.
“The lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed by the CAG report. How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation?,” he questioned in another tweet.
The CAG report also read that the delivery schedule of first 18 aircraft out of the promised 36 is faster than the deal struck under the UPA regime by over five months.