Congress member of Parliament Sanjay Singh from Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday accused the Modi government of involvement in Rafale deal, the biggest scam of the country, post-independence.

Addressing media persons in Shimla, Singh alleged that the Rafale deal was the biggest scam of over Rs 50,000 crore. It was not only big in size but also reflected dishonesty which cheated public sector undertaking. “It was aimed at benefiting a friend,” he said.

The deal was undertaken by Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government setting aside old rules, reducing the number of aircraft and by increasing the cost threefold, he asserted. He said the BJP stated that it was a secret deal between two countries.

“There is no such condition of secrecy, as at the time of the then UPA government the pricing of aircrafts had been discussed in the Parliament.”

Singh said the decision to oust Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), an experienced aircraft manufacturer with an experience of over 50 years assisting the country, and to give a deal to a private company, which was only a month old and inexperienced in construction of air craft, itself raises doubts.

The Rafale deal has led to the loss to the countries exchequer and misuse of public money, said Singh.

He charged that the BJP is trying to make an unsuccessful attempt to veil the deal with excuses where as it is clear to all. He said that the opposition has been vehemently raising the issue, however, the BJP and its government is denying it to be an issue in the Parliament.

He said the BJP is accountable to the public and Congress will raise the issue at all platforms be it inside or outside the parliament, at various party forums and amongst the public.