Continuing its attack on the Government on the deal for Rafale fighter jets, the Congress on Friday said the NDA was guilty of compromising 'National interest' and 'National security'.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, 'the UPA had taken a big step in the direction of bolstering national security by signing the deal for purchase of 126 Rafale fighter jets at the price of Rs 526 cr per jet. In July, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unilaterally scrapped the UPA deal in a non transparent manner. No proper procedure as followed in scrapping the deal.
As per procedure, tenders are invited for purchase of equipment as per the requirement of the forces. The tenders were floated for purchase of 126 jets. This means that the Cabinet Committee for Security had concluded that if we have to defend our borders, the requirement is for 126 fighter jets. Why was that deal cancelled and in its place, a deal for 36 fighter jets was signed i.e 90 jets less than our requirement. This clearly means that the govenrnment has compromised with national security of the country.'