Rahul Gandhi says UPA never hid details of defence deals

Rahul Gandhi says UPA never hid details of defence deals

"The UPA government was stigmatised because of corruption". Jaitley was replying to vociferous Congress MPs demanding the details of the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on the Budget.

"When you give details of a defence transaction, you give the details and capacity of the weapon system, which you don't want to inform the enemy".

"UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges".

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Defending the government's decision against making the break-up of the almost Rs. 58,000 crore deal public, Jaitley said when UPA was in power, then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A K Antony had on 15 occasions told parliament that giving out such details would be against the interest of national security.

He said the Congress president should go to Mukherjee and "get lessons on national security". Jailtey cited similar kind of replies given by Mukherjee and Antony while rejecting the questions on pricing of Defence purchases earlier.

In a data-driven response to the Opposition during budget debate in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said his government had made the journey from "policy paralysis to structural reforms" and thus India was one of the bright spots in the world economy today and no more in the "fragile five".

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In his speech in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said it was the Narendra Modi government that took the hard decisions of demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST) and the imposition of the LTCG tax.

Previously, following Rahul Gandhi's demand asking the government to make information about Rafale deal public, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had denied to disclose the details of the deal saying that it was classified information. "Which of her two statements are correct", he asked. These included the aircraft's cost and "handing over" the deal to a businessman after "snatching" it from a public undertaking. He also said, there were high inflationary rates in the previous regime, but now it is under control. "So, there was so much of hoopla for one quarter as compared to 5.3% to 6.3% for two full years under UPA", he said. "The estimated cost of the project is Rs 20107.40 crores and the aircraft is planned to be delivered during 2014-2018", a part of the reply says.

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