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NDA's Rafale deal 2.86 per cent cheaper than UPA's 2007 offer, reveals CAG report; lies of Congress exposed, says Jaitley

"The lies of 'Mahajhootbandhan' stand exposed by the CAG Report. How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation?," questioned Arun Jaitley in a tweet.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 13, 2019 14:06 IST ]
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NDA's Rafale deal 2.86 per cent cheaper than UPA's 2007 offer, reveals CAG report

The government on Wednesday tabled the CAG report on the Rafale fighter jet deal in the Parliament. The Comptroller and Auditor General, in its report, said the Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government to procure 36 fighter jets was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the UPA's 2007 offer. The report further said the deal was 17.08 per cent cheaper with regard to India specific enhancements.

In terms of engineering support package and performance based logistics, the deal was 6.54 per cent expensive, it stated, adding the NDA deal was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the one negotiated by the UPA government in 2007.

After facing multiple attacks by the Congress and repeatedly denying allegations over the Rafale fighter jet deal, the report gave much relief to the Modi government.

Also Read | NDA's Rafale deal 2.86% cheaper compared to UPA offer, says CAG report; lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ exposed, tweets Jaitley

Meanwhile, Union Minister Arun Jaitley took a dig at the Opposition as the contents of the CAG report unfolded. Jaitley took to Twitter and said, "the lies of the Congress and opposition parties stand exposed by the CAG report on Rafale, which reaffirms the dictum that truth shall prevail."

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Rafale, tabled in the Rajya Sabha, said that the deal negotiated by the NDA in 2016 was 2.86 per cent cheaper than what was negotiated by the UPA in 2007.

"It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right. Satyameva Jayate" –  the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum," Jaitley said in a series of tweets.

He said the CAG report outlines that 2016 deal terms were lower in terms of price, faster in terms of delivery, while ensuring better maintenance and lower escalation.

"The lies of 'Mahajhootbandhan' stand exposed by the CAG Report. How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation?," Jaitley questioned in the tweet.

Following the passing of some bills including Interim Budget and Finance Bill for 2019-20 without debate, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in his customary address at the close of the session rued that precious time of the House was lost in protests, stalling proceedings.

The Budget Session of Parliament had commenced on January 31.

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