Rafale Row: Aircraft Not Overpriced, Modi Government Negotiated a Very Good Deal, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa
New Delhi, Nov 16: The Indian Air Force on Thursday snubbed Congress’s allegations over the Rafale fight jet deal against the Narendra Modi government. Addressing the media, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa said that the Modi government has negotiated a good deal on Rafale jets. He said that there was no controversy around it.
“There is no controversy. What is the controversy I don’t understand? It is not overpriced. The government has negotiated a very good deal. I think we have negotiated a better deal in the Rafale contract than what we did in MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft),” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said.
This came after the Congress accused the government of compromising national interest and security while promoting “crony capitalism” and causing a loss to the public exchequer. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala alleged that the government neglected the interests of public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). He also alleged that the aircraft was being purchased at much higher rates than what was decided after the completion of the tender process under the previous UPA government.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also attacked Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft agreement and asked the media why it did not question him for allegedly changing the “entire deal” to benefit a businessman.