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Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor told Jaitley that his party was not seeking details to compromise national security but only demanding transparency.

Rahul on Tuesday told media the unwillingness to reveal the details of the deal implies that it is a scam.

Jaitley's attack against the Congress in the Lok Sabha during which he defended the government's decision against making the break-up of the almost Rs 58,000 crore deal public came even as Congress president Rahul Gandhi fired a fresh salvo at the government.

Sticking to his demand of making the "purchase price" of Rafale aircraft public, Rahul citied at least three instances where the previous UPA government had shared details of defence purchases - the acquisition of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov from Russian Federation, the purchase of Sukhoi fighter jets and the upgradation of the Mirage aircraft.

"UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges. So when you couldn't find anything, you said please disclose the price of the Rafale deal", Jaitley said while replying to the debate on the budget. The Congress is compromising national security by asking for details which should not be made public, by which I mean known to the enemy.

Claiming India has moved from "fragile five" to "bright spot" in world, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday countered the Opposition charges on the country's economic condition and stated that the NDA government inherited a lot of fiscal woes from the previous UPA government.

Gandhi, in a tweet in which he addressed Jaitley as "Jaitlie", posted three written answers given by former Defence Minister A.K. Antony in which he gave acquisition cost of 42 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, the upgrade cost of Mirage 2000 and acquisition cost of Admiral Gorshkov (now INS Vikramaditya). "Which of her two statements are correct", he asked.

Mr Gandhi issued a notice under rule 357 of conduct of business for a discussion on the Rafale deal, but the discussion could not take place.

To Chidambaram's 12 questions on economy, Jaitley said the person who mooted the idea of 25% corporate tax is now questioning it. "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. "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.