Republic TV has accessed the clincher in the Rafale deal controversy. Republic TV has accessed Rafale papers which prove that the UPA government had decided on a deal which was more pricier than what PM Modi-led NDA government agreed upon.
The 36 Rafale jets under Modi government cost Rs 1646 crore per unit , while under the UPA government it cost Rs 1705 crore per unit, which is Rs 59 crore costlier than the NDA deal. Furthermore, the NDA got the deal with enhancements.
The paper signifies that the NDA saved Rs 59 crore per plane with enhancements and saves Rs 255 crore per plane without enhancements.
The Congress has been attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Niramala Sitharaman over the much debated Rafale deal, alleging that the latter has mislead the country in revealing the pricing of the aircraft.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge moved privilege motion against PM Modi and Defence Minister Sitharaman alleging they misled the Parliament on Rafale Deal.
Addressing a press conference, Congress leader and former defence minister A. K. Antony had said that he had revealed the prices of many defence contracts in the Parliament because under the constitution, the government cannot deny revealing the prices as they are scrutinised at various levels.
He also stated that the Rafale aircraft was selected after considering many companies in December 2012 and that the price for each aircraft was settled, adding that a tender for 126 Rafale aircrafts were issued.
"There is no transfer of technology in this new deal, so it doesn't substantiate the rise in price of aircrafts," said Anthony.
"When there is no secret deal that prevents revealing the prices, how can they keep it a secret?" Anothony added.
Prior to him, Rahul Gandhi too attacked Sitharaman over the Rafale deal.