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Rahul raises questions on Sitharaman's France visit

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Wednesday raised questions on Nirmala Sitharaman's visit, alleging that work has begun to justify the prime minister's decision to buy fighter

He took to to say while the has asked for the details of the decision-making process, the decision to buy the fighter was taken by Gandhi alleged that processes to justify Modi's decision are being invented.

"The has asked for the decision making process. It's quite simple really...

"The PM decided. The processes to justify his decision are yet to be invented. But work has begun.

"Ps. In this connection, Raksha Mantri is leaving for tonight," he said.

Sitharaman leaves for tonight on a three-day visit, which comes in the backdrop of a big controversy over the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from French Aviation.

Officials sources said Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries and deliberate on regional and global issues of mutual interests.

Sitharaman will also hold with Parly the first edition of defence dialogue, they said.

The sources said besides exploring ways to boost bilateral defence cooperation, Sitharaman will take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale jets by to the under a Rs 58,000-crore deal.

Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after talks with then French on April 10, 2015 in The final deal was sealed on September 23, 2016.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 19:30 IST