Rahul Gandhi Calls Rafale Deal a 'Scam', Hits out at Modi Govt's Silence on Details

Saying that it was 'Modiji who personally got the deal done', the Congress president's barb comes a day after after the defence minister claimed that a secrecy pact between France and India prevented her from divulging details.

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the government for not making the prices of the Rafale fighter aircraft public and said that there was a “scam” at hand.

“For the first time, the defence minister is saying that we will not share details of money spent on buying the aircraft… I spoke during the Gujarat polls that there is a scam (in the Rafale deal). Modiji has personally got the deal done,” Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.

He added, “Modiji had personally gone to Paris. Personally, the deal was changed. The entire India knows it. And the defence minister is saying she will not inform India, the Indian martyrs and their relatives about the money spent on buying those aircraft. What does this mean? This only means there is some scam.”

Gandhi’s attack came a day after defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman refused to share the details of the deal on the grounds of the security agreement signed between India and France.

Her response was to a written question in Rajya Sabha by Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agrawal, who had asked why the government did not want to disclose in public domain the agreement between India and France for purchasing the aircraft.