The opposition, led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Friday tried to bring the Rafale debate back in the forum by citing a newspaper report which suggested that the PMO had held parallel talks with the French government relating to pricing, something which was objected by the Ministry of Defence.
But Republic TV has accessed the full letter cited in the report written by the MoD in 2015, which exposes the half-truth shown by the newspaper and also exposes the lies of Rahul Gandhi.
Citing the half-baked report, the Congress president had accused the Prime Minister and his office of interfering in the pricing of the Rafale deal, which was objected by the Ministry of Defence.
But the full letter has revealed that no such objection was raised by the MoD, and in fact, the only concern expressed was in relation to the PMO having talks with the French government regarding sovereign guarantee and general terms and conditions.
The second major detail which was cut out from the report of the newspaper was the response of the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. In the half-cut letter, Parrikar's response was not visible. But in the full report, then Defence Minister's reply to the concerns of the MoD official can be seen.
"It appears PMO and French President office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was an outcome of the summit meeting. Para 5 appears to be an over reaction. Defence Secretary (G Mohan) may resolve the matter in consultation with Principal Secretary to PM," read Parrikar's response in the full letter.
On the basis of the half-letter, Rahul Gandhi had launched an attack on PM Modi and accused his office on interfering in the Rafale deal, even as the MoD had objections to the interference.
Apart from these letters, the then Defence Secretary, G Mohan Kumar, also gave light on the sensational claims by the Congress President. Speaking to ANI, he revealed that no pricing objection was ever raised by the MoD.