Rafale: PM Narendra Modi compromised national security, say former BJP ministers

Shourie said that in just two days Prime Minister Modi completely overturned a process that was in progress for years.

Published: 12th September 2018 08:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2018 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan (R) and Arun Shouri (L) before a press conference attacking the BJP government on Rafale. (Photo| Sekhar Yadav/ EPS)

By ANI

NEW DELHI: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with advocate-activist Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) while finalising the high-profile Rafale deal.

Alleging Prime Narendra Modi's "personal culpability" in the Rafale jet purchases, the trio asserted that the former bypassed every rule of defence procurement and "compromised national security".

"National security has been compromised by the Prime Minister and every rule of the defence procurement was flouted to unilaterally reduce the number of planes from 126 to 36. As per DPP, only the service headquarters can decide on the numbers," said Shourie, while addressing a press conference here.

Shourie said that in just two days Prime Minister Modi "completely overturned" a process that was in progress for years, while adding that the latter had "absolutely no authority to do so."

He further alleged that the Central government had "spun a web of lies to protect Prime Minister's culpability in the connection".

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shouri before a press conference to expose the lies of Arun Jaitley, Ambani & AF Vice Chief on the Rafale Deal in New Delhi. (Photo| Sekhar Yadav/ EPS)

Echoing similar sentiments, Bhushan further underscored that the government is also forcing the serving officials of the Indian Air Force to defend the purchase of Rafale fighter jets.

The leaders even questioned the decision of choosing Reliance Defence Ltd, which has "no experience" in manufacturing aircraft over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Initially in 2012, during the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) tenure, India planned to buy 18 off-the-shelf jets from France, with 108 others to be assembled in the country by the state-run aerospace and defence company HAL.

The BJP-led government scrapped the UPA's plan in 2015 and announced that it would buy 36 "ready-to-fly" Rafale jets instead of seeking a technology transfer from France's Dassault Aviation and making the aircraft in India.

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  • YTH

    Since no one asks them or their whereabouts
    10 days ago reply
  • Dr.Rahul Sharma

    This has become very common to comments on any Govt as a critics
    10 days ago reply
  • Akshi

    As the details of the deal are coming out
    10 days ago reply
  • welt

    A bunch of sore losers
    10 days ago reply
  • SCSharma

    They are lying and misleading the nation. No fool will believe that Modi compromised with nation's security. Why don't they go to court to prove their point. They are Career Nationalists and want status and position in the Government. They are hungry for power and position.
    10 days ago reply
  • Anand

    If the previous deal was so good then what Manmohan singh was doing for 10 yrs.
    10 days ago reply
  • murlidhar

    All these three and one more joker of the same party Shatrugan Sinha are the biggest gaddar of this country and misleading the whole nation. Shame on you idiots.
    10 days ago reply
  • bnrao

    The above three frustrated political bandicoots and joker make slip shod comments and corrupt the mind of the readers.They need to detail there evidences and reservation.They need to study the procurement procedure
    10 days ago reply
  • Jai

    Pools souls - frustrated at having no ministerial portfolios.
    10 days ago reply
  • Rakesh

    What is the credibility of these two charecters
    10 days ago reply
  • vikas jain

    Khisiyani billi khamba noche.... Just because these guys are not made ministers they are targeting own leader. Its the congress which should have closed the deals long back. Now when Air Force doesnt have a fleet
    10 days ago reply
  • B Ramesh Adiga

    Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with advocate-activist Prashant Bhushan . . . the trio fall in the same league. They have long standing grouse against the present leadership of the BJP. Thus
    10 days ago reply
  • SLDUA

    Prashant Bushan is the same person who went to the Court at midnight to save a terrorist Afzal Guru from being hanged when all the legal options had already been availed and exausted in the case.
    10 days ago reply
  • SLDUA

    They have never been ministers in Modi Govt. and they do not know anything more than the common people of India. Moreover
    10 days ago reply