Congress questions govt's silence over Rafale deal charges; BJP hits back | India News

Congress questions govt’s silence over Rafale deal charges; BJP hits back | India News

NEW DELHI: The BJP and Congress on Sunday engaged in war of words over the Rafale deal, following reports in the French media that a judicial probe has been launched over allegations levelled by an anti-corruption NGO.
The Congress questioned the silence of the government after French authorities ordered a probe into “corruption and favouritism” in the Rafale deal. The BJP hit back it does not sound well when the Congress party accuses others of jeopardising national security.
The BJP sought to know why its government did not procure the fighter planes for 10 years despite a depleted squadron strength of the Indian Air Force.
“The Congress should answer as to why for 10 years, despite a depleted squadron strength of the Indian Air Force, Congress government didn’t procure the much-needed Rafael fighter planes? Is it because the Gandhi Family did not get their desired ‘commission’?” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra asked.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera sought to know that in an inter-governmental defence deal, where there cannot be any middlemen or corruption, when the beneficiary of any “corruption” has ordered a probe, why has a country, which has lost public money, not ordered one?
“After more than 24 hours of the decision by France to investigate corruption, influence peddling, money laundering, favouritism, there is one question every responsible Indian, every concerned citizen asks. Why is the government still silent?” Khera said addressing a press conference.
According to French media reports, the judicial investigation has been ordered by the country’s national financial prosecutors’ office, following investigative website Mediapart’s claims in April of wrongdoings in the deal as well as a complaint filed by French NGO Sherpa that specialises in financial crimes.

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