Cong welcomes arrival of Rafale jets, however questions govt over delay and excessive value

New Delhi, July 29 

The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafale fighter jets in India, however questioned the delay and their excessive value.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi requested why every Rafale jet was bought by the federal government at a price of Rs 1,670 crore whereas the erstwhile Congress-led dispensation struck a deal for Rs 526 crore, and why the offset contract was given to a “bankrupt” personal agency as a substitute of the public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

“Congratulations to IAF for Rafale. Meanwhile, can Government of India (GOI) answer: Why each aircraft costs Rs 1670 Crores instead of Rs 526 Crores? Why 36 aircraft were bought instead of 126? Why was bankrupt Anil (Ambani’s firm) given a Rs 30,000 Crores contract instead of HAL,” he requested on Twitter.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned each nationalist ought to query why the Rafale plane are ‘Made in France’ and never in India and why was their arrival delayed by 5 years.

“We welcome Rafale in India. Congratulations to the brave fighters of the Air Force. Every nationalist should ask why each Rafale was purchased for Rs 1670 crore instead of Rs 526 crore. Why only 36 Rafales instead of 126 are being purchased. Why are they ‘Made in France’ and not ‘Made in India’. Why is there a delay of five years,” Surjewala mentioned in a tweet in Hindi.

India on Wednesday obtained its first batch of latest combat-proven fighter plane in twenty years with the arrival of 5 Rafale jets, giving the nation’s air energy a strategic edge within the midst of a bitter border row with China in japanese Ladakh and frayed ties with Pakistan.

The plane, having an undisputed monitor file and thought of one of the vital potent fight jets globally, landed on the Ambala Air Force base at round 3.10 PM after masking a distance of seven,000 km from the Merignac airbase in French port metropolis of Bordeaux. — PTI

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