NEW DELHI: The Rafale fighter aircraft deal was in India’s interest, French diplomatic sources asserted on Wednesday, a day after the Congress alleged + that the BJP government was buying 36 aircraft from the French firm at a highly inflated price.

The sources said the military jet was selected for its “outstanding performance” and “competitive price”, while refusing to directly counter the Congress’ allegation, terming it a “domestic political issue”.

“Rafale has been selected for its outstanding performance and competitive price, following a transparent procedure. The offset clause is going to help develop the defence industry in India,” the sources said, adding that there was a need to “check the facts” before making claims on the contrary.

Under the agreement, the French side has made a 30-per cent offset commitment for military aerospace research and development programmes and the rest 20 per cent for manufacturing the components of the Rafale aircraft here.

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