Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the price of the Rafale aircraft bought by the BJP government in 2016, is nine per cent cheaper than the ‘escalation cost’ finalised by the UPA government in 2007.
In an interview to news agency ANI, the former Defence Minister said that the 2016 offer is more favourable than the 2007 offer. He also alleged that the Congress ‘compromised national security’ by ‘indefinitely delaying’ the contract after finalising Dassault’s Rafale as the lowest bidder in the MMRCA deal.
He further said that the Congress was ‘manufacturing a controversy’ where neither existed. Giving a detailed account of the process that started in 2001, Jaitley said that the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) was initiated in 2003 and the L-1 was finalised by the UPA in 2007.
Jaitley said that it was Congress shortlisted the Rafale and found it suitable for the Indian Air Force. Refuting the Congress’ charge regarding offset being offered to Reliance. Read More