NEW DELHI: As Rahul Gandhi continues to attack the government over the Rafale deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday questioned if the Congress president could even compare a basic aircraft’s pricing with a loaded aircraft. “Can you compare a basic aircraft’s pricing with a loaded aircraft? Can you compare simple aircraft with a weaponised aircraft,” Jaitley targetted Rahul.
Defending the government over the Rafale deal, Jaitley termed Rahul’s allegation of a more expensive jet being purchased as ‘factually false’. “Every fact that they have said on pricing is factually false… Mr Rahul Gandhi himself has given seven different prices in different speeches with regard to the Rafale, that is the 2007 offer. And the simple case is they have made it as if it is a kindergarten or primary school debate,” Jaitley said in an interview to news agency ANI.
Slamming Congress for not finalising the deal when UPA was in power at the Centre, Jaitley said that the previous government compromised the nation’s security through policy paralysis and by not going ahead with a deal even though the tendering process was complete.