Stepping up its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the deal for Rafale fighter jets, the Indian National Congress on Monday accused the Prime Minister of making a grave compromise on defence and national security by cancelling the tender for 126 Rafale aircraft issued by the previous United Progressive Alliance dispensation and inviting fresh tenders.
In a series of tweets , All India Congress Committee media incharge Randeep Surjewala, asserting that the government had issued a new RFI this month for buying fighter aircraft, asked the reason for cancelling the 126 aircraft tender that opened on 12/12/2012 if it had to issue a new RFI for buying planes.
'Modiji's grave compromise on 'Defence & National Security'. 2007-12, UPA froze technical specs for a twin engine jet & opened financial bids for 126 aircrafts. 30/7/2015, Modi Govt cancels this tender. March 2018-RFI for new aircraft to be issued.
'PM Modi must tell- 1. If a new RFI for buying fighter aircraft is to be issued, why cancel the 126 Aircraft tender that opened on 12/12/2012? 2. If IAF clearly prefers a twin engine fighter aircraft,why have a tender for single & double engine planes?'Surjewala tweeted.
Surjewala wondered if issuing a new RFI for buying fighter aircraft was a ploy to divert attention from the Government blunder on Rafale and loss to exchequer due to it. 'Is this all a ploy to divert attention from the Govt faux pas on Rafale & loss to exchequer? Hope all this is not a charade. Has Modi Govt pre-decided on a fighter aircraft for IAF & it will be presented to the country from a magician's hat?' Surjewala questioned. (UNI)