Now in another development, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has responded back to government's charge at the then Congress-led regime when it said that even they did not reveal details of defence deals. "There has been corruption in Rafale issue and the Prime Minister is looking other way", Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.
"He (Modi) spoke about last 70 years but didn't say anything about Rafale".
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"Why did the Raksha Mantri change her stance from: I will reveal the price of the Rafale planes in November 2017 to the price is a state secret in February 2018".
He said if the price details of the Rafale deal are disclosed, it would be like playing into the hands of the enemy who would know about the weaponry that has gone into the fighter aircraft. Jaitley sought to highlight that while the NDA government has spent more than the budgetary estimates, it also maintained fiscal deficit at the same time.
"Breakup of cost will tell what weapon systems are there in the deal". Earlier Congress president Rahul Gandhi said there was something "fishy" about Rafale deal. "What Congress could not achieve in 55 years of rule, it is asking us to deal in 4-5 years", he said, adding "data speaks for itself".
"As the Modi government stumbles and fumbles, hides and conceals, indulges in doublespeak, sacrifices national interest and refuses to answer on loss to public exchequer, India will continue to demand answers", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter.