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

Arun Jaitley to brief RBI SEBI board on Budget 2018 tomorrow

Arun Jaitley to brief RBI SEBI board on Budget 2018 tomorrow

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said that fiscal deficit situation, inflation and revenue Deficit in the country was much better in the NDA government than what it was during the UPA regime. He also implied in a tweet that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had lied when he claimed that the Congress did not disclose prices of defence purchases during its rule. Jaitley was basically responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated allegations of discrepancies in the Rafale deal.

He also quoted a number of written replies in Parliament by Ministers from the then UPA governments including Pranab Mukherjee and A.K. Antony, wherein they had refused to quote the price in defence deals citing security concerns.

"When you give details of a defence transaction, you give the details and capacity of the weapon system, which you don't want to inform the enemy". Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. "Because he is not telling the truth", he said, referring to the Rafale jet deal.

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

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he said, had first announced that she would inform the nation about the cost of purchasing Rafale aircraft but was now saying she could not do so as it was a state secret. Corruption B. To protect Modiji C. To protect Modiji's friend D. All of above Rahul told media persons that PM Modi was busy giving speeches but had no time to answer crucial questions.

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Continuing to attack the Narendra Modi government on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that there has been a "corruption" in the defence deal and will be "exposed".

On the 10% long-term capital gains tax on investments in stock markets for gains exceeding ₹1 lakh, Mr. Jaitley said with the economy being on a far sounder footing, the question before the government was to whether give exemptions to high net-worth entities.

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. "I am forced to ask what are your economic policies and is there any consistency in them", Jaitley said in his reply.

One answer by Antony on March 15, 2010, said contracts and supplementary agreements for the acquisition of the aircraft carrier "ex-Admiral Gorshkov" from Russian Federation in January 2004 "at a cost of US Dollars 974 million" were concluded.

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