Amid flying paper planes and fervent Rafale deal arguments in the Parliament, Rahul Gandhi persistently reiterated his claims of misconduct by the government in the deal but was eventually met with befitted responses by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
After Rahul Gandhi's press conference where he played the audio clips and made counter allegations, Arun Jaitley got in a conversation with editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami reiterating his Parliament claim that the Congress president has a "passionate dislike for truth" accusing him of "manufacturing data." Union Minister elucidated the difference of a regular Aircraft to a weaponised one, following Rahul Gandhi's claims to the difference in the prices.
He said, "There is something very elementary, that an Aircraft per se is not a weapon but only a flying vehicle, it is of no use in a war unless it is weaponised."
Elaborating on the prices offered by Dassault in 2007 and later in 2016 he said, "When in 2007 the offers were made by Dassault they gave two sets of prices. Then in 2016 when the deal is finally struck they gave two sets of mentioned prices and the difference between a simple aircraft and a weaponised aircraft is depending on the extent of weapons that you have."
"Even the offer made to the UPA was different because the weaponisation itself is extremely costly, it is far costlier than the vehicle itself. When you have more modern technologies developing, the weaponsisation also will cost. He does not have the basic elementary common sense to understand." he added.
The Union Minister drew a price drop between the two deals made by the UPA and then the NDA government, he said, "The simple aircraft of 2016 agreement is 9% cheaper than the 2007 offer. The weaponsised aircraft of 2016 aircraft is 20% cheaper than the 2007 offer. So please don't compare."
"These are not the accurate cost that we mentioned, it was only for illustrative purpose. You are picking up two unequals," he added,
Jaitley lashed out at the Congress party for the "lack of wisdom and comprehension" by saying that, "He (Rahul Gandhi) picks up a simple aircraft and compares it to a weaponised aircraft. You compare weapon to weapon cost and compare the aircraft to aircraft cost."