Arun Jaitley Quips ‘Satyameva Jayate’ After CAG Report on Rafale Tabled in Rajya Sabha, Says Lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ Stand Exposed
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New Delhi, February 13: Union minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday welcomed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Rafale Deal. The Finance Minister took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to express his views on the report. Jaitley tweeted, “Satyameva Jayate” – the truth shall prevail.  The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum.” Attacking the opposition parties on the report, he said that their lies had been exposed. “The lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed by the CAG Report,” said Jaitley CAG Report Highlights: NDA’s Rafale Deal 2.8% Cheaper than UPA’s Proposed Deal of 2007.

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Meanwhile, taking a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley said that the Supreme Court and the CAG report could not be wrong. “It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right,” tweeted the Union Minister. He also claimed that Gandhi consistently lied to the nation over the Rafale Deal. Arun Jaitley Poses 15 Questions to Rahul Gandhi on Rafale Deal; Read Complete List Here.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Jaitley said that the CAG report had completely vindicated stand of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. He further added that it had blasted the big lie which was being spearheaded by the Congress. Jaitley stated, "The Congress President had manufactured a statistic 500 vs 1600, data which doesn't exist anywhere. He repeated that lie ad nauseam. "

Earlier in the day, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan tabled the CAG report on the Rafale Deal in the Rajya Sabha. The report titled “Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force, which is of 141 pages, has 32 pages dedicated to the Rafale deal. In the report, it is revealed that the Rafale deal concluded in 2016 was 2.8 percent cheaper than the proposed deal of 2007 by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

The report also said that India managed to save 17.08 percent money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale contract as compared to the 126 aircraft deal by the UPA government. The report also pulled up the IAF for not defining the Air Staff Qualitative Requirements (ASQR) during the procurement process as it kept on changing its requirements.