Arun Jaitley slams Rahul Gandhi for calling PM Modi 'corrupt'
"Irrespective of the allegations, the Rafale deal will not be cancelled," Jaitley hit back, adding that it was not a matter for the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to know whether or not planes are bought at a higher rate.
He also referred that the Rafale jets were bought for a much cheaper price than the negotiated price of the UPA-led government. The figures of the same were presented to the CAG, Jaitley said.
“Fortunately, there is pricing, and for security interest, that pricing can’t be disclosed in detail. But I have come as close to this. If you take a weaponised aircraft as of 2007, add the same two things to it again and bring it to 2016 level, the 2016 level is 20 percent cheaper. Now the CAG will go into pricing. They may not eventually disclose it, but about being 9 percent and 20 percent cheaper or not, they are looking into it. Congress has submitted a memorandum. The truth will come out.”
Mr Finance Minister also raised suspicion over Rahul Gandhi's August 30 tweet and then Holland's tweet following it on a perfect rhyme.
"I think he (Rahul Gandhi) is in some kind of a revenge mode. I won’t be surprised if the whole thing is being orchestrated. On 30 August, why did he (Rahul) tweet “Just wait for a while, some bombs are going to be burst in Paris”? And then what happens is in perfect rhythm with what he predicted.
‘There Can’t Be Two Versions of Truth’
He further said, that there can’t be two versions of the same truth, referring to Hollande’s second statement, where he said he was unaware if the Indian’s side had pressured Dassault to work with Anil Ambani-led Reliance.
Jailtley said that the Congress believes only the first statement made by Hollande.
“Congress can believe anything, but you must remember a basic principle of conduct, which for centuries has ruled throughout the world, which is ‘men may state inaccurate facts, circumstances never lie.”