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CAG Says Modi Govt Got Lower Price for Rafales than UPA, Opposition Cries Foul

The NDA deal was 2.86% cheaper than the one negotiated the UPA government, according to a CAG report tabled in parliament on Wednesday.

New Delhi: The Rafale deal negotiated by the Narendra Modi government was cheaper than the UPA offer, the Comptroller and Auditor General has observed.

The NDA deal was 2.86% cheaper than the one negotiated the UPA government, according to a CAG report tabled in parliament on Wednesday.

Arun Jaitely said that the CAG’s report exposed the “lies” of the Congress.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had dismissed CAG Rajiv Mehrishi’s report even before it was released. “CAG is Chowkidaar Auditor General report, written by Chowkidaar, audited by Chowkidaar,” Gandhi, who has been alleging that the Modi dispensation has seriously compromised autonomy of public institutions, had said.

Prior to his appointment as the CAG, Mehrishi served as the finance secretary and then the home secretary in the Modi government.

Sitaram Yechury, head of the Communist Party of Indian (Marxist), said that the CAG had a conflict of interest. He also said that the government was not revealing crucial details, such as a dissent noteby three members of the Indian Negotiating Team for the deal.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati too said that the CAG’s report is incomplete and not “fully correct”.

Former BJP leader and Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been one of the key voices questioning the Rafale deal, also questioned the CAG’s report.

The Congress party too has said that the CAG’s report is unconvincing, particularly because it includes redacted numbers.

 

courtesy : The wire

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