Happy for Rafale, but questions still persist: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday said that questions still persist on the delay in the acquisition of the aircraft by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Rafale was handed over to India by France on Tuesday.

War of words continued between the Congress and BJP on the ‘Shastra Puja’ by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Rafale aircraft.

As reported by UNI, AICC Spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters, ‘The issue about Rafale is not about its capability. We know it is the best aircraft, which is why we pushed for it.” He said, however, questions on the delay of its acquisition still persists.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday said he was happy that Rafale jets will finally come to India but he still wanted to know why just 36 instead of 126 were being bought by Modi-led government.

He also said that the party will continue to raise questions about the deal including the price of the fighter jet.

“We are happy that Rafale aircraft will finally begin arriving. When the country needed 126 jets, Modiji reduced the number to just 36. Neither I, know nor the country, knows the reason behind it. However, it is great that the jets will begin arriving soon,” Singh told reporters here.

Singh further added that the Centre should reveal the price at which the jets are being brought from France and said the matter was far from over for his party.

“We don’t even know at what price it is being brought. Rafale is a great fighter jet but the government should divulge at what rate it is being bought by them. Congress will raise this matter again, no doubts about that,” Singh said.

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