Sunday, September 02, 2018

Rafale Issue: Why Modi Govt Buying Only 36 Fighter Jets When 126 Required, Asks Congress

Continuing its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal, the Congress on Sunday asked the Centre why it inked a deal with France’s Dassault Aviation to buy just 36 aircraft when 126 fighter jets were required.

The party’s national spokesperson, Priyanka Chaturvedi, asked if there’s any urgency, why the government did not ask the French company to supply all the aircraft in one go.

“The first lot of the aircraft will be supplied in 2019 and the rest in 2022. If there is any urgency, the whole lot should have been supplied by 2019,” she said here Saturday.

Chaturvedi asked why the government is “afraid of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal, if it’s fair”.
“A total of 126 aircraft were required, but the NDA government signed a pact for only 36 aircraft. This is strange,” she said.
02/09/18 India.com

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