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Congress accuses Modi govt of 'doublespeak' on its defence deals

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Accusing the Modi-led government of following "doublespeak" on its defence deals, the on Wednesday questioned why the ruling dispensation did not apply the same principle in the Rafale deal with as it did with the AK-103 assault rifles deal with

Addressing a press conference, said, "Why was this same principle not applied then during the Rafale Scam? Is the government lying in the AK-rifle deal or in the Rafale deal?

"Since government has virtually given up 'Make in India' in Defence, by only getting an investment of Rs 1 crore till now, it is imperative for them to clear the air on the same. The nation is waiting for a clear answer on this doublespeak," he added.

The said that a fallacious argument of the government on the Rafale deal has been nipped in the bud by its own recent negotiations in the AK-rifle deal with

Singhvi, citing several media reports, stated, "It has been revealed that has reportedly turned down a Russian request to make another private Indian entity (Adani Group) its for the joint manufacture of Rs 3,000 crore worth of AK-103 assault rifles for the "

"has reportedly advised that its firm Concern should tie up with the state-run (OFB) if it wants its proposal to manufacture the AK-103 assault rifles in to be considered by the Defence Ministry," he said, adding, "It has also been revealed that the (MoD) reportedly shot down Concern's proposal for a joint venture with the private Indian entity - which has recently entered the defence sector, to produce the 7.62x39 mm calibre AK-103 gun, which are a derivative of the iconic AK-47 rifle."

The Congress said that the last month had said that if the Russians want to with a private Indian entity, they must come through the 'tender route'.

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First Published: Thu, September 06 2018. 01:25 IST
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