Cong’s Kumari Shailja raises Rafale issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 10:10:56



Staff Reporter

FORMER Union Minister and senior Congress leader Kumari Shailja attacked Modi Government over Rafale Fighter purchase issue on Tuesday. Kumari Shailja alleged that massive irregularities have taken place in purchase of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets from Dassault Aviation.

Addressing the press conference in State capital, Kumari Shailja said that 36 Rafale Fighter Jets have been purchased at inflated rates and this has caused huge loss to exchequer.
Shailja claimed that Modi Government has rejected international tender of then Congress led UPA Government to purchase 126 Rafale Fighter Jets and decided to purchase 36 Rafale Fighter Jets. “There is major financial bungling in this regard,” she alleged.

She asserted that as per the international open rate quoted by then UPA Government on December 12, 2012, 36 Rafale fighter jets were worth of Rs 18,940 crore. She alleged that Modi Government has cancelled the deal and purchased 7 Rafale Fighter Jets worth of Rs 7.5 billion Euro. “Whether BJP will tell why massive sum of Rs 41,205 crore were squandered,” she quipped. She alleged that while purchasing Rafale Fighter Jets, Prime Minister put aside defence procurement procedure.

Notably, various Congress leaders are taking press conference in different places of State on different dates on Rafale Fighter Jet issue. Kumari Shailja also alleged that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which is having expertise in manufacturing fighter planes, was ignored. She sought to know that why the Government is not declaring price involved in purchasing of Rafale Jets. She also pointed fingers on allocation of contract to private company Reliance Defence Limited. According to her, this company got off set contract of Rs 30,000 crore from Rafale Dassault Aviation and it was formed just 12 days before PM’s announcement in France to purchase 36 Rafale Fighter Jets. She said as many as 126 Rafale fighter jets are needed to country. She wanted to know why this figure was cut to 36. She demanded that the issue should be handed over to Joint Parliamentary Committee.