Tuesday, September 25, 2018

No Modi minister knew about Rafale deal, says Congress

Continuing its attack on the NDA government, Congress leader Kapil Sibal today (September 25) claimed that no one in the government was aware of the Rafale deal signed between India and France in 2015 except Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former French President Francois Hollande.

"In 2015, when PM Modi visited France, foreign secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar announced that Rafale deal would not be part of discussions between Modi and Hollande. They would only discuss international affairs. But PM announced about the 36 Rafale aircraft deal on April 10, 2015, that India had decided to buy off the shelf," Sibal said.

Sibal said that none of them -- Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman or Sushma Swaraj -- were aware of the new deal announced by PM Modi.

"Parrikar, who was the defence minister at that time was in Goa for some event. Sitharaman has never said that she was told about the deal by the PM. Even Sushma Swaraj wasn't aware because foreign secretary had said that Rafale deal wasn't on the table," Sibal said.
25/09/18 India Today