Indore: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said the truth of Rafale deal will come out only with the Joint Parliamentary Committee probe. Addressing media persons on Thursday at Indore Press Club, Chavan said, “We don’t take the Supreme Court’s decision as the clean chit to the government as the Apex Court is not an investigation agency while the government has misguided the court as well.
Chavan said the Rafale deal is one of the biggest defence deals in the world and also a scam of over Rs 36,000 crores. “Initially, Congress had fixed the rates of one fighter plane as Rs 528 crores. Later, Union Minister of Defence (State) Subhash Bhamre said, in Parliament, that rate of the plane is Rs 670 crore. Surprisingly, the government then announced in France that the rate of each plane is Rs 1670 crores,” he added. The former chief minister of Maharashtra said, “It is a clear scam of Rs 36000 crores and the government has given the contract to the company of Anil Ambani which is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Rafale deal will also be the issue for Congress in Lok Sabha election in 2019 and Congress will raise the issue to expose the corruption in BJP-led Centre government. “People of three states have shown reality to BJP that they are fed of the policies of the party. People will give a strong message to the government in 2019 as well and will dethrone them from the centre as well,” he added.