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CAG report on Rafale deal exposes Opposition's lies, says Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley, who returned from US last week after medical treatment, said: '2016 versus 2007 terms - lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitely
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Soon after the (CAG) tabled its report on the Rafale fighter jet deal with in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister on Wednesday took a swipe at the Opposition parties saying that "truth shall prevail" and the report reaffirms the dictum. ALSO READ: LIVE: 'Truth shall prevail', says Jaitley after CAG report on Rafale deal

"Satyameva Jayate - the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum," he tweeted.

Jaitley, who returned from the last week after medical treatment, said: "2016 versus 2007 terms - lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation."

His remarks came soon after the CAG report found that the Rafale fighter jet deal signed by the Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was priced 2.86 per cent lower than what was negotiated by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

The report does not disclose the actual price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets contracted by the NDA government. However, it includes examination of the pricing.

The prices have been redacted in the report based on the insistence of the citing the Indo-French agreement of 2008 and the provisions of inter-government agreement.

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said: "It cannot be that the is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right.

"How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation? The lies of 'Mahajhootbandhan' stand exposed by the CAG Report," he said, attacking the Opposition parties who are trying to come together ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 12:42 IST
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