Rafale deal: Congress dares Swamy to go to court
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday dared Subramanian Swamy to move court over the Rafale deal after the BJP leader said he will approach the court against the deal as he claimed the fighter jet has shortcomings.
Experts, however, have said the government’s decision to acquire 36 Rafale jets is to be welcomed.
“I dare Subramanian Swamy to go to court on Rafale Jet purchase,” Singh said in a tweet.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has welcomed the decision to purchase 36 Rafale jets, saying that India has not purchased any new generation aircraft in 17 years.
Swamy in a letter posted on Twitter has said: “I urge the Prime Minister not to finalize the Rafael Aircraft Deal with France. The deal originally was negotiated by the previous UPA Government.”
He claimed “that Rafael is a less fuel efficient aircraft and lacking in essential performance characteristics because of which no country in the world has agreed to buy these aircraft.
“Some countries have cancelled contracts after signing an MoU with Dasault, the manufacturers, after carrying out a trial of the plane, for example, Switzerland.”
“The Rafael performance of Libya and Egypt turned out to be worst of all the aircraft which were deployed by the allies liberating the countries from tyranny.”
“If the Prime Minister for some other compulsion anyway decides to go ahead with the deal, then I will have no option but to approach the Court in a PIL to get it set aside”
Strategic expert Uday Bhaskar supported the decision to purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly away condition announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meeting with French President Francois Hollande on Friday.
Bhaskar told IANS: “The decision to acquire 36 Rafale fighter aircraft is to be welcomed for it will redress a serious operational deficiency as far as the Indian Air Force is concerned.”
“This is an innovative and expedient option, given the procedural complexity and time lines that are associated with the larger MMRCA deal.”
“Hopefully the current Rafale deal will allow India to review its long term strategic and defence cooperation agreements with major suppliers such as France.”
Digvijay Singh also tweeted: “Modi buys 36 Ready to Fly Rafale Jets from France off the shelf. Is this the new Defence Purchase Policy of GOI?Would CAG/CVC please take notice.”
“When PM was buying Fighter Aircrafts in France our Defence Min was buying Fish in Goa! Minimum Govt and Max Governance.”
“When PM is signing deals Abroad Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is propagating Modi’s future achievements in Vidisha MP,” he tweeted.