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Rahul reiterates corruption charge in Rafale purchase, questions PM's silence

Rahul reiterates corruption charge in Rafale purchase, questions PM's silence

The Modi-led BJP government, however, rowed back from the commitment of the last UPA government to buy 126 Rafales, saying the twin-engined planes would be too expensive and the deal fell through after almost decade-long negotiations between India and France.

Rahul has been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 2016 deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA.

The Congress has intensified its attack on the Narendra Modi government for being "secretive" about the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Jaitley said security pacts were inherent part of defence transactions "because when you disclose the details of the price, you can give an approximate price, but when you give those specific details, you are giving details of the weapon system that you possess, and the capacity of the weapon systems which you don't want to inform the enemy". The FM accused Congress president of compromising national security by demanding disclosure of details of the Rafale deal. Jaitley was basically responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated allegations of discrepancies in the Rafale deal.

Correction on global markets 'not surprising'
A 3 percent yield is looked upon by investors as a motive for people to flee the risk of stocks for the relative safety of bonds. The S&P 500 slumped 3.8 percent on Thursday, while the Dow dropped 4.2 percent as losses accelerated late in the trading day.

The chaos forced Jaitley to abruptly end his speech and prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to declare that speech of Jaitley will be considered as tabled.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today again targeted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Rafale aircraft deal, twisting his name to indicate that he spoke untruths. Referring to Modi's speeches in Parliament, he told reporters that it was clear that the Prime Minister was not interested in answering "fundamental questions". Surjewala asked. "Why are the two ministers of the government speaking in two different voices?"

"There was a time when LTCG was not imposed because we wanted to get money into the stock markets", Jaitley said replying to the discussion on the budget in the Lok Sabha. These included the aircraft's cost and "handing over" the deal to a businessman after "snatching" it from a public undertaking. "We have given so far funds as promised for a large number of institutions which are being created because most of the institutions went to Telangana", he said.


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