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Cong troubled over Rafale as Vadra's aide wasn't made middleman: Union min

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Monday said the was "troubled" over the Rafale deal as the BJP government at the Centre had "kicked out" middleman Sanjay Bhandari, a of Sonia Gandhi's

Meghwal alleged that the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was more concerned about Bhandari than the (IAF).

Despite the IAF's repeated requests for advanced fighter jets, the UPA regime kept dragging its feet on the important matter from 2006 till 2013.

"With complete information and responsibility, I am saying that is troubled as the Rafale deal did not have middleman Sanjay Bhandari," he said in a press conference here.

"We kicked out the middleman and the deal was done between two countries," he added.

He claimed that Janata Party (BJP) government proposed to purchase the fighter at a much lower price than what was fixed by the previous UPA regime.

"is discussing the prices of UPA-1 dispensation and not the price fixed by the UPA-2 during 2012-13. The price for a standard and fighter Rafale fixed by BJP government is 9 per cent and 25 per cent lower than the UPA deal," Meghwal said.

The Congress is lying and will be exposed once the delivers its judgment in the matter, he added.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 15:45 IST