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No controversy on Rafale issue except in the minds of Opposition: Swaraj

Unsatisfied by Swaraj's reply during the Question Hour, the Congress members including former prime minister Manmohan Singh staged a walkout

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sushma Swaraj
File photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI Photo

Asserting that every issue raised by the on deal has been clarified by the Supreme Court, on Thursday said in that there is no controversy in the matter, except in minds of the opposition party leaders.

Unsatisfied by the minister's reply during the Question Hour, the members including former staged a walkout.

in his supplementary query demanded that the government make public the minutes of the meeting of and former French held last year on the deal in a bid to settle the controversy once for all.

To this, Swaraj said, "Anandji, there is no controversy. Controversy is there in your mind. All the controversy issues that you (Congress) raised, the has clarified on each of them. Please don't use the word controversy again."

She said, "The whole country knows there is no controversy. The has cleared each issue. If you still think there is a controversy, then no one can reply."

To a query raised by member if there was any discussion on the deal during the recent visit of French to India, Swaraj said, "There was no discussion on the matter."

"On that day, the verdict (on Rafale deal) was pronounced. He (French Minister) was very happy. He expressed joy and felt there was no need to have discussion," she said.

On the Indo-French fund for developing script for co- production of films, the Minister said the French delegation had visited and had discussion with representatives of Bollywood besides meeting the

To another query on the Jaitapur Nuclear Power project, Swaraj said that an agreement was signed on March 22, 2016 to set up a plant. France's EDF and India's NPCL are looking into it.

"Six EPR units are to be set with each unit having a capacity of 1650 megawatt. Once it is ready, it will be the world's largest nuclear plant," she said.

The project was reviewed in March last year, when the rate of power per unit and setting up of a reference plant were also discussed.

"We will proceed after seeing the model plant. We have decided about the dates," she added.

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 14:45 IST