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Congress charges against Rafale deal, a disservice to forces: Sitharaman

Congress accused PM Narendra Modi of changing the "entire deal" to benefit a businessman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman File Photo: PTI
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman File Photo: PTI

Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today that allegations relating to the procurement deal for 36 Rafale were "shameful" and that such bickering was a "disservice" to the

Her remarks came a day after the accused the prime minister of changing the "entire deal" to benefit a businessman.


"These allegations are shameful...The deal was finalised following a transparent procedure," Sitharaman told reporters.

The minister also called the bickering against the deal as "disservice" to the armed forces, asserting that urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force was the main reason for sealing it.

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

She said the government had sat over the proposed procurement of jets for 10 years.

First Published: Fri, November 17 2017. 16:40 IST
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