Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday during an interview to Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami said that she never did a U-turn on revealing the pricing details of the Rafale aircrafts and that the pricing details for the Rafale aircrafts she had given in an interview were for the basic aircraft and not the weaponised.
She also said that the secrecy clause had kicked in during the UPA rule in 2008 and she was not in a position to give out details of the pricing except the basic aircraft.
"No, there was no u-turn. The basic aircraft's price has been revealed in Parliament, and not just once but three times for different members of Parliament. I said during the vote of no-confidence on the secrecy clause, when you aim to know the details over and above the base price, the secrecy clause kicks in. It was signed by my predecessor from the UPA, AK Antony in 2008. So, my disclosing of the price is true. I have kept my word. The prices given are for the basic aircraft," she said.
The Raksha Mantri has been replied to every question in the Parliament raised by the Opposition, including the pricing. On Monday, she gave listed out details of contracts issued to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by the Centre.
Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday put to rest the Opposition's attempts to question facts about the contracts given to HAL. This came after the Congress president on Tuesday tweeting a report questioning the contracts worth Rs 1 lakh crore given to HAL and demanded the resignation of Nirmala Sitharaman, which was immediately countered by the Defence Minister.
"In 2019, regarding procurement order regarding HAL, I had mentioned that there are 83 LCA Tejas fighters order worth Rs 50,000 crores, 15 combat helicopters order worth Rs 3,000 crores, 200 orders worth Rs 20,000 crore and 19 Dronier transport aircraft worth Rs 3,400 crores, helicopters worth Rs 15,000 crore and aero-engines worth Rs 8,400 crores. The total comes to Rs 1 lakh crore."