October 30, 2018
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The BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale deal, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram has asked the government to explain the reason behind limiting the purchase of the aircraft to 36 instead of 126 agreed to by the previous Congress regime.
Mr. Chidambaram, who heads the Congress manifesto committee and was here on Monday to interact with party office bearers on the manifesto, faulted the Modi government for limiting the purchase to 36 aircraft when the government claimed that they were purchasing the aircraft at a price 9% less than what agreed to by the Congress government.
The country has seen three defence ministers in the last four years and four months after the BJP came to power, Mr. Chidambaram said none seemed to have done anything worth. “Their only achievement is buying 36 aircraft instead of 126 when seven squadrons in the Indian Air Force were in dire need of 18 aircraft each,” he said.
The former Union Minister said it was a matter of suspicion that the government has ignored the state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in the deal.