Govt hits back with vol­ley of ques­tions

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: On a day when Rahul Gandhi spoke to former HAL work­ers over the Rafale deal be­ing snatched from the PSU, the gov­ern­ment hit back with a salvo of ques­tions for the Congress pres­i­dent, be­gin­ning with UPA’s in­abil­ity to con­clude a deal for seven years when it was in of­fice. The gov­ern­ment asked Rahul that if the UPA was so keen that HAL be the part­ner, why did it not seal the con­tract.

“When Das­sault and HAL couldn’t reach com­mon ground in the deal, why did UPA not con­vince Das­sault and close the deal in favour of HAL? Why HAL and Das­sault couldn’t agree on pro­duc­tion terms dur­ing the UPA govt? ” was an­other ques­tion posed for Rahul. In 2013, UPA gov­ern­ment blamed HAL for an ac­ci­dent that hap­pened to a sol­dier of the forces while fly­ing a MIG-21. “Did they or didn’t they do this? ” gov­ern­ment sources asked. Tar­get­ing former de­fence min­is­ter A K Antony, the gov­ern­ment asked, “Didn’t Antony prac­ti­cally scrap Rafale deal be­cause ‘gov­ern­ment had no money’. Where was the con­cern for HAL then?’

It also won­dered why the UPA gov­ern­ment had not fun­neled more re­sources into HAL, when Das­sault stated the cost of mak­ing air­crafts un­der HAL will be more than in France.

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