Rafale deal: Dassault called government's lie, says Rahul Gandhi

File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2018, 01.02 PM (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday once again attacked the Modi government over Rafale plane deal. 

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Rahul Gandhi's tweet comes days after Congress targeted the NDA government over the Rafale deal, alleging that it was turning out to be a mother scam, and asked the government to come clean.

The grand-old-party spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said the over price India had paid to France for the purchase of the fighter aircraft compared to other countries including Egypt and Qatar was not some charity and the Modi government should answer as to where the money had gone.

The party used the annual report of Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets, to claim that the deal inked by Prime Minister Modi caused a loss of Rs 12,632 crore to the national exchequer. 

According to the report, Dassault sold 36 Rafale jets to India at £7.5 billion in 2016, while 48 jets were sold to Qatar and Egypt at £7.9 billion in 2015. This amounted to Rs 1,670.7 crore per aircraft for India and Rs 1,319.8 crore to Qatar and Egypt.

The Congress also stressed that the current government's purchase price was much higher than the Rs 526 crore bid by the UPA regime.