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Centre should release MoM of Rafale deal: Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Sunday demanded that the Centre make public the minutes of the meeting (MoM) between and former French Francois Hollande, which culminated in the fighter deal.

"The draft of the joint statement of the Indian and the French did not have any mention on deal. We want the government to publicly place the minutes of meeting held between the two leaders," senior told reporters.

"What is there to hide?", he asked.

The former Union also invited the for an open debate on the deal.

"If there is no corruption involved, then the government should release the MoM. By not doing so, it is clearly evident that is hiding something and he is involved in corruption. The former French had already said that the recommended a partner," he said.

Questioning the veil of secrecy on Rafale, Sharma said a joint statement between two countries is usually negotiated and prepared in advance.

"... and if purchase of Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition was discussed, why was it not included in the joint statement. should not remain silent on the deal," he said.

He also shared details of the meeting between top officials of the Indian Air Force, (HAL) and the Rafale manufacturers

"The contract was snatched away from HAL, wherein had agreed on Instead, a deal was made for 36 jets and HAL was not involved at all," Sharma said.



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:22 IST