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Sitharaman dismisses allegation of corruption in Rafale deal

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Defence on Friday dismissed all allegations of corruption in the fighter jet deal and hit back at saying while Bofors deal was a scam, the deal was in national interest which would bring back as Prime

"Bofors was a scam, but was a decision taken in national interest. Rafale will bring back Modi to build a new and remove corruption," she said in a reply lasting over two-and-a-half hours in the Lok Sabha to a debate on the deal with French manufacturer

The said there was a difference between defence dealings and dealing in defence.

"We deal in defence with national security as a priority," she said.

She said the first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered in September this year and the remaining 35 will be delivered by 2022.

Sitharaman also accused the of shedding crocodile tears for HAL.

"government gave 53 waivers to HAL while we have given contracts worth Rs 1 lakh crore," she said.



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First Published: Fri, January 04 2019. 16:58 IST