A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA, prepares to land following an aerial display on the second day of the 14th Dubai Air Show at Dubai World Central (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

Loss Of Rs 36,000 Crore In Rafale Deal Even As Army Begs For Money: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi again took a jibe at the government over the Rafale fighter jets deal, alleging that it had caused a loss of Rs 36,000 crore to the state exchequer even as the Army “begs” for more money.

He also alleged that Dassault Aviation, the French company that manufactured the fighter jets, had called the “lie” of “RM” (Raksha Mantri or Defence Minister) Nirmala Sitharaman by releasing the price of the aircraft.

Gandhi highlighted the price the BJP government paid for the fighter jets, the figure finalised by the erstwhile UPA regime led by Manmohan Singh for purchasing the aircraft and the amount Qatar had paid for the same.

Gandhi has been attacking the BJP-led government over the defence deal, alleging that it has caused a huge loss to the state exchequer. He has also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the issue.