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Shah rejects scam charge against NDA govt in Rafale deal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today brushed off allegations of corruption levelled by former union ministers Shourie and Sinha in the deal, saying credence should be given to the defence minister's statement and not what those "who did not get jobs" say.

has said that the base price of fighter aircraft negotiated by the is less than what was finalised by the UPA, he said, adding that the government has already clarified on the matter following the opposition's charges.

He was speaking in an interview after releasing a book "Blue print for an economic miracle" authored by Pradeep Gupta, of Axis My

He was responding to a question about allegations of scam levelled by Shourie and Sinha, both ministers in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and activist in the aircraft deal.

"Will you give credence to the defence minister's statement or those who did not get jobs," he asked.

BJP leaders have often hinted that Shourie's and Sinha's relentless attack on the over various issues is because they were sidelined by it after it came to power in 2014.

They had claimed on Wednesday that the alleged scam involving the deal is much bigger than the Bofors scandal.

Shah also asserted that the BJP will return to power in 2019 with a bigger mandate than 2014 . "People have already made up their mind. We have no doubt about it," he said.

He also claimed that his party will return to power in three poll-bound states of Rajasthan, and as there is an overall "pro-incumbency" sentiment there due to the works of governments there.

A day ahead of his rally in West Bengal, Shah said his party will win more than 22 of 42 Lok Sabha seats.

To a question about escape of and Nirav Modi, he said the Modi government's relentless action against them would ensure that there will be "fewer thieves" now.

He said the government cannot give a deadline about when these fugitives will be brought back to to face trial as it is a judicial process.

There will not be any laxity in our government's efforts, he asserted.

He also rejected suggestions that some of the BJP's allies are not happy with the party and said all NDA constituents are together.

He referred to the NDA's decision to field JD(U) leader in the election to the post of the to make his point.

For the first time in over four decades years, the post has gone outside the main party in the government, he said, underlining the BJP's accommodative stand to its allies.

The BJP is not like the which dumped its allies when they were not needed, he said, referring to its treatment of the when the UPA was in power.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 21:10 IST