Govt hits back with volley of questions
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.