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Still waiting for response to demand for JPC probe into Rafale deal: Rahul

8/29/2018

New Delhi, Responding to claims by Finance Minister Arun jaitley that Mr Rahul Gandhi and others have been inconsistent about the price of the Rafale fighter jets, the Congress president on Wednesday said that he was still waiting for response to demand for probe by a Joint Parliamentary committee into the Rafale deal. Taking to social media, Mr Gandhi said,'Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!' Earlier, countering persistent attack on the government on Rafale aircraft deal, the Union Finance Minister on Wednesday posed as many as 15 questions to the principal opposition party and wanted to know if 'delay' by the UPA regime on the matter did 'seriously compromise national security'. Mr Jaitley, in a blog on Facebook, said while Congress party has been alleging about 'escalated price' as finalised by the NDA government, at the same time Congress president Rahul Gandhi and others have been inconsistent about the price itself. "How is it that Rahul Gandhi quoted a price of Rs 700 crore per aircraft in Delhi and Karnataka in April and May this year? In Parliament, he reduced it to Rs 520 crore per aircraft, in Raipur, he increased it to Rs 540 crore; in Jaipur he used the two figures – Rs 520 crore and Rs 540 crore in the same speech. In Hyderabad, he invented a new price of Rs 526 crores. Truth has only one version, falsehood has many," Mr Jaitley wrote. "Are these allegations being made without any familiarity with the facts of the Rafale purchase?," he asked. "I have, therefore, decided to ask the questions to the Congress Party and its President. Needless to say that if replies are received in the public space or even if there is an issue diversion and no reply is received, I would be constrained to come out with further specific facts," he wrote. Questions from Mr Jaitley also included whether 'delay' in the purchase of medium multi-role combat aircraft was due to "collateral considerations" as was witnessed during the purchase of Bofors gun.  

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