As Prime Minister Narendra Modi met French President Emannuel Macron on Saturday, the Congress slammed the BJP government over the Rafale deal, saying it is turning out to be yet another “mother scam”.
Asking the government to come clear on the deal, Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said: “You must be aware that for the last 3-4 days, we have been speaking (in Parliament) about the Rafale deal. For three days continuously we have been asking, but not one word from the government, not even denial.
“This is turning out to be yet another mother scam which I think the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government must come clear on,” the Congress leader said.
“Where are the spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ministers — Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman? Not one word about Rafale deal,” he added.
Vadakkan said that the BJP’s attempt to cover up the deal was falling flat. “On April 8, 2016, the Foreign Secretary said the Prime Minister is not going to take up the Rafale deal in his trip to France. On the contrary, the deal was signed. Where was the Defence Minister at that time?”
Vadakkan also said India had paid high price to France for the purchase of the fighter aircraft compared to prices paid by countries like Egypt and Qatar.
“It was not some charity. The government should answer where the money has gone. It is very strange indeed. What is it that they are trying to cover up? What is it that they are trying to hide,” he said.