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Rahul to meet Macron, not to raise Rafale deal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

is scheduled to meet French during his four-day visit.

According to sources, the meeting is slated for Sunday after returns from his two-nation visit to and that is part of his overseas Indians outreach plan.

The Congress, which has launched a tirade against the government over the deal that struck during his visit to in April 2015, however, said that the issue would not be raised during the meeting.

"The party will not discuss India's defence deal with the of a foreign country. This is our internal matter and this discussion the government has to do with and not the

"We are demanding answers from our government and not from the French government," Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said.

Alluding to the deal, he said that when one goes to buy something, the buyer has to ensure whether the product is good or not, as the seller will obviously say his product is good.

The buyer has to decide looking at his pocket, Surjewala said.

"The government has to ensure that its money is not wasted and gets the best deal in the least money. There should be no loss to the state exchequer.

"It is not the responsibility of Mr Macron, but and the Defence minister, on which they have failed," he alleged.

The Congress has been attacking the government on the deal and demanding answers from it over the price of the aircraft.

The Congress today alleged that the government has caused a loss of Rs 12,612 crore to the state exchequer by buying the aircraft from Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets.

The party alleged that the company sold each jet to at Rs 351 crore more than those sold to and 11 months ago.

The government has refused to divulge details of the purchase price of Rafale jets due to the "secrecy clause" in the agreement signed with the

Surjewala said if a or of any country come to India, "He is our guest and there are no differences between the government and the opposition".

The heads of state formally meet the opposition leaders, as they had been meeting and in the past, he said.

Gandhi, who is the of the principal opposition party in the country, has been meeting visiting heads of state and government after he took over as

recently met visiting Cambodian Prime Minister and Canadian

He was in during President Tran Dai Quang's visit, who met and former Prime Minister

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 21:20 IST