In his final address at Budget Session in the Lok Sabha ahead of the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a veiled jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition over their allegations and lies over the Rafale deal.
This cloaked jibe came hours after the CAG report on Rafale deal revealed that the NDA deal on Rafale is 2.86% cheaper than the UPA non-deal. Addressing the lower house of Parliament, PM Modi mocked Rahul Gandhi and opposition for 'flying planes' over the Rafale deal, stating that the power of democracy has exposed all lies of the Opposition.
"Nobody expected in five years that an earthquake will happen. Many prominent people came and flew planes, but the power of democracy is so up high that the earthquake got settled and no plane could take off. This is the power of democracy," PM Modi said hitting out at Congress over Rafale deal.
The CAG stated on pages 136 and 137 that the May 2015 price (NDA) is 2.86% less than the 2007 (UPA) price as aligned with 2015 prices. Furthermore, the delivery schedule of the first 18 Rafale aircraft is also mentioned to be better than the one proposed in the 126 aircraft deal, by five months.
Earlier on Wednesday, Comptroller and Auditor General report on the Rafale deal was tabled in Parliament, however later the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine dire. After the report came on public space, Union Minister Arun Jaitely also slammed Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party and the Mahagathbandhan over their baseless charges and lies against the BJP party over the Rafale deal.
The Rafale multi-role fighter deal between India and France has become a burning political point ahead of the 2019 elections, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi virtually going on a crusade to allege that the deal entails a 'scam'. His allegations are nebulous and repetitive, ranging from the PM's direct involvement in the deal, to the UPA versus NDA pricing, to Anil Ambani's Reliance group winning an offset partner contract for the deal. He has thus far failed to prove any of his charges, even as numerous debates have been held, both inside and outside Parliament. Most importantly, the Supreme Court has given the process followed in the Rafale deal an all-clear.