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No White Paper on Rafale deal: Government

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday ruled out any plan to issue a fighter jet deal with France, which has been questioned by opposition parties.

K.V. Thomas, in a written question in the Lok Sabha, had asked if the government had been urged to issue a deal by "defence experts as well as some political leaders", and its reaction.

of State for Defence replied in the negative to both the questions. "No such proposal has been received," Bhamre said.

Opposition has alleged that the deal for 36 fighter planes with the was finalise at a higher price than the previous deal for 126 medium multi-role combat (MMRCA).

In a reply in the Rajya Sabha earlier, Bhamre had said that no price was arrived at in the previous deal, which never saw a conclusion.

"It had not been possible to finalise the terms and condition for acquiring the 126 even after a protracted process from the period of issue of Request for Proposal (RFP) in 2007 to the unsuccessful commercial negotiations up to 2014," the had said.

The has alleged "irregularities" in the agreement to buy 36 Rafale jets off-shelf from

The opposition party has claimed that the fighter jets are being bought at a price higher than what was negotiated in the previous MMRCA deal wherein 126 jets were to be bought -- the deal included assembly of a number of fighters in

The government has maintained that the price is getting under the Inter-Government Agreement is lesser than the MMRCA deal and, citing security concerns, has refused to reveal the price arrived at.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:00 IST