Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed media on Rafale Deal on Wednesday. Keep in mind that the Supreme Court has already given a clean chit to the NDA Government on Rafale Deal and found the deal correct by all means but the Congress President still believes that the Rafale deal was a big scam done by PM Narendra Modi.
Rahul Gandhi said that "You recall the argument given by PM Modi, DM, Ex-DM- Price and the fact that Airforce needed the aircraft quickly. The fact of the matter is, the new deal signed by Narendra Modi gets India the aircraft later than the original deal".
"The final price offered by the French govt which is escalation-based is 55.6% above benchmark, which is for the firm and fixed price. Considering the future escalation until the time of delivery, the final price would further increase. Here stand demolished, the 2 pillars on which the entire government's argument for the new deal is based. The only reason for the new deal is to give ₹30,000 Cr to Anil Ambani".
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) finds NDA deal for 36 Rafale Jets 2.86% cheaper than the UPA's 2007 deal. According to the tweeter handle of Congress, the CAG report stands as Chowkidar Auditor General Report.
According to the Congress' tweeter handle "This is the first time in history that a CAG report to Parliament has redacted numbers. This in itself raises a big question mark on the report. The comparison of the prices is based on the Aligned Price, the calculation of which is opaque. The bank guarantee which was present in the previous deal and would have constituted an additional 7% cost is not present in the new deal. So the so-called savings of 2.86% can be attributed to the cost of the missing bank guarantee".
"In fact, the CAG report noted this oversight on the Bank Guarantee when it says "However, Audit noted that this was actually saving for M/s Dassault Aviation when compared to its previous offer of 2007." But failed to account for it in the main table. The reason the numbers have not been declared is that dollar for dollar, the deal costs more than before. The report has hidden behind the Aligned Price. The lack of numbers makes a comparison of costs meaningless".
The Congress President said that "If you take a look at the report, it is believed in the report that 2007 deals included Sovereign Guarantee, Bank Guarantee, and Performance Guarantee; Whereas this is not included in the new deal. Changes in accordance with India's requirements for 36 Rafale planes are like 126 planes. The new deal has been paid 25 million euros per aircraft. And this place has got corruption".
"It is a feeling in the bureaucracy, the Air Force and the Defense Ministry that a hundred percent have been stolen in the Rafael case. Narendra Modi is nervous from inside and knows now that somewhere, Rafael's case will reach his conclusion. If there is no scam in the Rafale deal, then agree for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). Why is BJP fearing JPC?" Rahul Gandhi added.
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