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Govt floated fresh tenders to buy 100 combat aircraft: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Nashik 

Amid the deal row, senior has claimed that the government last month floated international tenders to buy around 100 medium multi-role combat

and signed an agreement with Swedish for the supply of the aircraft, Chavan claimed.

Speaking at a seminar titled 'Is Modi really guilty in deal?', organised by an NGO here on Tuesday, the former said, "(Narendra) Modi, in order to benefit his friends (industrialists) and Gautam Adani, has started playing with the defence ministry."

"After Reliance Defence, for the deal, and has been formed and it has signed an agreement with Sweden's group for around 100 combat aircraft," Chavan said.

He added that the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was to purchase 126 Rafale aircraft, but the signed an agreement to purchase 36 Rafale planes by paying Rs 1,000 crore more per

"Considering the need for more Rafale fighter for the country, why only 36 aircraft are being purchased?" Chavan asked and sought a probe into the deal.

In 2000, the UPA government invited bids from various countries and then decided to purchase 126 Rafale aircraft -- 18 to be manufactured in and the remaining 108 to be manufactured by the (HAL) -- the said.

"However, after Modi's visit to in 2015, a new agreement for the purchase of 36 aircraft, costing more, was signed," he added.

Anil Ambani's has served legal notices to the spokespersons and leaders of the party, asking them to cease and desist from levelling allegations against the Rafale deal.

Chavan later told mediapersons that the had "misinterpreted" former (RBI) Raghuram Rajan's letter on non-performing assets (NPAs) to the and said during the UPA regime, the NPAs amounted to only Rs 4 lakh crore, which went up to Rs 11 lakh crore during the present regime.

Blaming the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena over the fuel price hike in Maharashtra, Chavan said the latter had no right to speak on the issue.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 19:01 IST