Friday, 15 December, 2017

Allegations relating to Rafale deal shameful: Sitharaman

Rahul Gandhi Rahul Gandhi
Howard Terry | 20 November, 2017, 00:21

On Thursday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Prime Minister Modi had "changed the entire deal to benefit one businessman".

The final agreement for 36 Rafale jets was signed in 2016 after five rounds of discussions between Indian and French sides and approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security, she said.

The Defence Minister said the central government will remove the hurdles in domestic defence manufacturing.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday again questioned the deal of procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets with France.

The Congress on Friday accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of misleading the country on the Rafale deal and violating "the sanctity of the Defence Ministry by holding a political press conference there". "The government has negotiated a very good deal", Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said. "The UPA government from 2004-2014 could not arrive on a decision to address this critical necessity of fighters for the IAF". "Twelve long years of negotiations and still (there was) no decision, although critically recognising the need for strengthening the Air Force", said Sitharaman.

"It is definitely a better deal".

Hitting at the government over the same issue, Gandhi, who was talking to reporters after addressing a meeting of his party's newly-formed wing All India Unorganised Workers Congress (AIUWC), said, "I happily answer all your questions fortnightly". Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the NDA government took over in 2014, "quickly recognised the seriousness of the situation" to go in for the emergency procurement of the 36 Rafales in a flyaway condition. "Why PM bypassed experienced HAL & gave the deal to AA rated businessman with no defence experience?"

The Congress had raised several questions on the deal, accusing the government of compromising national interest and security while promoting "crony capitalism" and causing a loss to the public exchequer.

Recommended

See the first teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar's Incredibles II See the first teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar's Incredibles II In the trailer, a curious Jack-Jack finally discovers his powers, which excites Bob at first, but a little hijinks ensue. Director Brad Bird helmed " The Incredibles ", which won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year.

Current State Gambling Laws in the USA Current State Gambling Laws in the USA Local Gambling Laws Since the USA is a huge country, grasping the complete landscape of local gaming laws is virtually impossible. Despite that, there are still online casinos that accept American players and give them options to make deposits and withdrawals.

A Look at the Growth of the Canadian Online Gambling Market over the past 10 years A Look at the Growth of the Canadian Online Gambling Market over the past 10 years There are now several online gambling sites operating in the country including Bodog, owned by Canadian billionaire Calvin Arye. The KGC also carries out similar functions for other online gambling operators from around the world.