Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks online | Photo: @INCIndia | Twitter
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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafale fighter jets in India, but questioned the delay and their high cost.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked why each Rafale jet was purchased by the government at a cost of Rs 1,670 crore while the erstwhile Congress-led dispensation struck a deal for Rs 526 crore, and why the offset contract was given to a “bankrupt” private firm instead of the public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

“Congratulations to IAF for Rafale. Meanwhile, can Government of India (GOI) answer: Why each aircraft costs Rs 1670 Crores instead of Rs 526 Crores? Why 36 aircraft were bought instead of 126? Why was bankrupt Anil (Ambani’s firm) given a Rs 30,000 Crores contract instead of HAL,” he asked on Twitter.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said every nationalist should question why the Rafale aircraft are ‘Made in France’ and not in India and why was their arrival delayed by five years.

“We welcome Rafale in India. Congratulations to the brave fighters of the Air Force. Every nationalist should ask why each Rafale was purchased for Rs 1670 crore instead of Rs 526 crore. Why only 36 Rafales instead of 126 are being purchased. Why are they ‘Made in France’ and not ‘Made in India’. Why is there a delay of five years,” Surjewala said in a tweet in Hindi.

India on Wednesday received its first batch of new combat-proven fighter aircraft in two decades with the arrival of five Rafale jets, giving the country’s air power a strategic edge in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh and frayed ties with Pakistan.

The aircraft, having an undisputed track record and considered one of the most potent combat jets globally, landed at the Ambala Air Force base at around 3:10 PM after covering a distance of 7,000 km from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux.

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  1. It is because there are additional deliverables in the new agreement such as weapons, etc. I can mention each and every detail but it will be too long. Moreover, it is a critical necessity and will be delivered early.

  2. Congress have no right to ask any questions. Every defence deal like rafeal, k9vajra, mk77 light combat heavy guns, Apache and chinuk helicopter intied during upa government but all deal successfully completed by Modi government. Because upa government always confused in price list of every equipment of defence. Other thing a suggestion for congress.
    Read carefully the deal signed by modi government on rafeal and also read the deal paper intited during upa then may be they know why indian government pay high price.
    “Are simple aur modified fighter jet price mei fark to hota h itna samaj ni aata dusra inflation rate during delay time”.

    • Yes i know your are the real cheaters of india..ok give me answer why refale purchased for 1600cr each instand ok 526 cr each whyy …… I want to say go and suicide 😂😛😛😛 no need to of uneducated people’s in india


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