Nirmala flays Cong for making allegations on Rafale deal

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman. Photo - PTI

File photo of Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman.
Photo – PTI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman strongly criticised the Congress party over making allegations on the procurement deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, which were sealed by India and France last year. Terming the allegations as “shameful”, the Union defence minister said that such bickering was a “disservice” to the armed forces.

On Thursday, the principal opposition party had accused the ruling dispensation of making ammends to the deal.

“These allegations are shameful…The deal was finalised following a transparent procedure,” Sitharaman told reporters.

The defence minister also called the bickering against the deal as “disservice” to the armed forces, asserting that urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force was the main reason for sealing it.

The defence minister said the final agreement for 36 Rafale jets was signed in September, 2016, after five rounds of lengthy discussions between Indian and French sides and approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

Nirmala Sitharaman also flayed the previous Congress-led UPA government of not moving fast with the procurement of jets and “sitting over it” for 10 years.

(With inputs from PTI)