No scam in Rafale deal as alleged by Congress: Nirmala Sitharaman

CHENNAI: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday again asserted that there was no scam in the Rafale deal with France as being alleged by Congress and said disclosure of specifics about it could reveal the aircraft’s capabilities to the country’s rivals.

There was no scam in the four-year old NDA government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and therefore the Congress was coming up with such allegations, she told reporters here.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi had been taking frequent potshots over the Modi government on the defence deal,alleging escalation of costs over that when UPA was in power.

The ppposition party has been demanding specific details in this regard.

Drawing the analogy of a car, Sitharaman said the same brand could cost a person more if the buyer wanted additional accessories and equipment fitted into it.

“These are accessories, additional fittings – he (Gandhi) just says disclose the price. If it is done so, it will reveal what kind of…

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