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Rafale deal: Rahul disapproves CAG report, asks why 'dissent note' by negotiating team was not included

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on Wednesday refused to accept the report of the and (CAG) on the fighter deal, raising questions over various elements in it.

Addressing a press conference hours after the report was tabled in Parliament, Gandhi, citing a media report, claimed that three members of the Indian Negotiating Team (INT) had given a "dissent note" which was not included in the report.

Earlier in the day, RKS Bhadauria, the of the in the 36 deal, told ANI that the three members of his team had raised certain objections which were "not dissent" as these were "suitably included and addressed" in his final report.

"I don't believe in the report. As far as I am concerned, a report that does not mention this document - the dissent that the negotiating team itself made on price and timing, I don't think it's worth the paper," Gandhi told the press conference.

Among other things, the CAG report states that 17.08 per cent of money was saved for the India-specific enhancements in the 36 plane deal.

"The Prime Minister, had earlier argued that the new deal was based on two things - price and the fact that needed planes quickly. The new deal that signed gets the aircraft later than the original deal. Even the CAG report states that Narendra Modi, and lied to Parliament when they talked about 9 to 20 per cent," Rahul added.

Citing the note of the Defence Ministry's technical experts who were negotiating the Rafale deal, Rahul said that the "final price offered by the which is escalation based, is 55.6 per cent above the benchmark, which is for firm and fixed price. Considering the future escalation till the time of delivery, the gaps in the benchmark and the final price would further increase."

"The new deal that signed gets the aircraft later than the original deal," Rahul said.

Bhadauria, earlier in the day, told ANI that the observations by the three members were part of the deliberations of the and should not be viewed as a 'dissent note' as stated in a newspaper report today.

"These observations from three members were given to me as the This was not a dissent note. All the issues brought out were discussed earlier also since these points were brought up during discussions within INT and taken up in external negotiations," said while commenting on the media report which suggested that three members had submitted an eight-page "dissent note".


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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 18:27 IST