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Rafale "biggest ever" defence scam: Rahul Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

today termed the fighter jet deal as the country's "biggest ever" defence scam and blamed Modi for it.

Addressing an event here, he claimed that the price of the jets "magically" rose from Rs 540 to Rs 1600 crore per piece.

had signed an agreement in 2015 for procurement of 36 figher planes from

"The had readied the Rafale contract, according to which the price for each jet was approximately Rs 540 crore. The contract was ready and Modi ji only had to take a decision.

"But, Modi ji goes to and scraps the previous contract and the and other cabinet ministers do not know about it," Gandhi said.

The alleged that a contract related to the fighter deal was snatched from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and given to a private company which has never made an aeroplane nor taken any defence contract.

"The company, which was given the contract, was in a debt of Rs 45,000 crore," he claimed.

Gandhi, while speaking after inaugrating the newly- constructed office of the party's state unit, also said that Modi has not yet spoken a word on the rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh, and

The situation has not been as bad in the "last 3000 years", he said while referring to the rape incidents.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:30 IST
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