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Rahul accuses Jaitley of lying, seeks to know Rafale's purchase price

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday accused Jaitley of speaking a "lie" about UPA Defence Ministers not having disclosed cost of defence purchases, and demanded the government disclose the price of each Rafale fighter plane.

Gandhi, in a tweet in which he addressed Jaitley as "Jaitlie", posted three written answers given by former in which he gave acquisition cost of 42 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, the upgrade cost of and acquisition cost of (now INS Vikramaditya).

"Dear Mr Jaitlie, you said the UPA never released prices of Defence purchases? To nail your lie, here are 3 Parliamentary replies by the UPA with full transparency on pricing. Now do ask our Raksha Mantri to tell how much each Rafale jet cost," he said.

Jaitley had on Thursday slammed the for "manufacturing" corruption charges against the government in questioning the deal to purchase Rafale fighter jets from

In his reply to the debate on the Budget, he had also said he had with him responses from Defence Ministers of previous governments who had not shared details of armament purchases on security concerns.

Gandhi later defended his use of "Jaitlie" for the

"Jaitleyji yesterday (Thursday) said in Parliament that we did not disclose the prices of defence purchases. We have shown that we did. So what else do I call him? He is not telling the truth," he told reporters.

leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, and separately interacted with the media to pose several questions on the deal, including the price per aircraft, Nirmala Sitharaman's back-tracking on revealing the price, and why she and Jaitley were speaking on different voices on the issue. They alleged that price inked by the government was three times that negotiated by the UPA.

They said that Rafale and Typhoon were found to be equal on all technical requirements by and asked that after the later gave an offer to reduce its prices by 20 percent, why no fresh bids were sought through 'inter-governmental agreement route' to get the best price.

They also asked why state-run was superseded for a Rs 30,000 crore offset contract though it had signed "a work share agreement" with



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:06 IST