Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Reveal Rafale's buying price: Rahul Gandhi to BJP

Reveal Rafale's buying price: Rahul Gandhi to BJP

The ambitious National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs 5 lakh medical insurance cover will be provided annually to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country announced in the Budget 2018-19 will be implemented by the end of this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. Hitting back at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to his Twitter account and posted 3 photos mentioning about defence deals details.

The FM's reply to a general debate on the Budget saw heated exchanges in the Lok Sabha between the treasury benches and the Opposition, particularly the Congress, over the Rafale deal.

On Thursday, Jaitley had said then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A.K. Antony had refused to disclose the details of the weapons purchased from the USA and Israel and added that the present government was following the tradition in national security.

"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 (about)". Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA.

He said the Congress president should go to Mukherjee and "get lessons on national security". "Because he is not telling the truth", he said, referring to the Rafale jet deal. Jailtey cited similar kind of replies given by Mukherjee and Antony while rejecting the questions on pricing of Defence purchases earlier. Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not answering his questions because there was something "fishy" about it.

Questioning the silence of the Prime Minister over the issue, he also asked why did Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman change her stance over revealing the price of the fighter aircraft. Surjewala asked. "Why are the two ministers of the government speaking in two different voices?"

Congress leader P Chidambaram Saturday took a swipe at the NDA government for claiming that the growth rate was better in its rule, saying it was lower than UPA's 10 years average and was going downward. He said as against "unacceptable" revenue deficit of 4.9 per cent (2011-12), 3.7 per cent (2012-13) and 3.2 per cent (2013-14) during the UPA's last three years, the NDA Government has maintained revenue deficit of 2.9 per cent, 2.5 per cent and 2.1 per cent after it assumed power in 2014. "There can be only one answer and it is that there is something fishy about this", he said.

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