Cong demands JPC probe into Rafale deal, sends memo to Prez

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HT Correspondent
DIPHU/ HAFLONG, Sept 13: Intensifying its tirade against the BJP-led NDA government on Rafale deal controversy, senior Congress leaders in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao on Thursday demanded that the Centre should constitute a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the multi-crore deal, which they dubbed as the “scam of the century”.
Dima Hasao District Committee (DHDCC) Thursday demanded a JPC probe into the Rafale deal accusing Modi government of keeping the country in dark over the deal by procuring each Rafale fighter at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore against Rs 526 crore finalised by the previous UPA government.
In a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind through deputy commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa here Thursday, the DHDCC said that the prime minister should come forward and tell the country about the cost of Rafale deal. The time has come to seek answers from the BJP-led central government, it said.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman have lied to the country by keeping everyone in the dark on the deal. The agreement has no clause requiring the government to keep the price of the deal hidden, but only the technicalities of the fighter jets. The government is trying to hide a scam worth Rs 41,000 crore,” the memorandum said.
It also said the agreement signed during the UPA regime in December 2012 stated that the cost of one Rafale jet is Rs 526 crore and the total cost of 36 jets works out to Rs 18,940 crore. The cost of one jet under the Modi government, though, is Rs 1670.70 crore, which is almost 300% higher than the earlier deal.
“The current deal does not share the technology with India, whereas the deal made by the Congress emphasized that,” it further said.
Leaders of Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee (KADCC) took to the streets on the multi-crore rupee scam and submitted a memorandum to Kovind through deputy commissioner here.
Party workers took out a procession from the KADCC office to the DC office to submit the memorandum to the President through Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner. Leading from the front were MP and KADCC president Biren Sing Engti, former MLA and KADCC vice president Bidyasing Engleng and other senior leaders of the party.

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