Chandigarh: The Punjab Congress Committee has alleged that the BJP Government at the Centre has indulged in a huge scam of over Rs 41,000 crore in the purchase of Rafale fighter aircrafts. Talking to Reporters at the Punjab Congress Bhawan, Chandigarh, the President Sunil Jakhar said that it was surprising way that why PM Narender Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman were saying that the price is stated to be secret, but it is wrong.The operational detail like weapons crried on aircraft and other equipments could be secret, but never the price of the aircraft. Jakhar said it is serious issue that the aircraft were purchased at the very high rate, while it had been decided to purchase same aircrafts at low price. He said that the GOI must disclose the purchase price of rafale aircraft as in the 2008, during the then UPA Government, there was no secret clause that prevented the Government from revealing the pricing of the aircrafts.He also gave his salute on the day of Kargil Vijay Divas and said that the Government has misled the Parliament about the deal of aircrafts. Jakhar also said that there was no technology transfer and production of 108 aircrafts at HAL,but instead the HAL, the private sector company got a joint venture with the French Company. He said that the GOI must clarify before the Country that why the price Rs 1670 crore per aircraft has been paid instead of Rs 526 crore per aircraft, which had been finalised earlier.
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