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Govt must come clean on Rafale deal: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

On a day held talks with French Emannuel Macron, the targeted the NDA government over the Rafale deal, alleging that it is turning out to be a "mother scam", and asked it to come clean.

said the "high" price had paid to for the purchase of the fighter compared to prices paid by countries like and was not some "charity" and the should answer as to where the money had gone.

People are asking in whose pockets this money has gone, he told reporters.

Vadakkan said his party had been raising the issue for the last three days. But "not a word from the government or the BJP was heard in response. Not even a denial," he said.

The BJP had yesterday rejected the Congress' charge, saying it was spreading "lies and confusion" to mislead the nation. today said it is "irresponsible and anti-national" to allege corruption in the Euro 7.5 billion deal with to supply the fighter jets.

"Where is the corruption? It is irresponsible and anti-national to make such allegations," he said speaking at a media event.

However, the again raked up the issue today and likened the government's stand to a cat drinking milk with its eyes shut in the belief that nobody will watch it.

"The government, the defence ministry must come clean. What are they trying to hide?" he asked.

"You called the UPA corrupt.... If this is not corruption then what is. It is turning out to be a mother scam on which the NDA must come clean," he said.

"This was clearly an attempt to cover up an operation which started on last April 8 last when the had said that the was not going to for the Rafale deal but it was later signed," Vadakkan alleged.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 15:40 IST