Ambassador of France Emmanuel Lenain said it is a matter of pride for France that despite the pandemic which forced factories to close down for weeks, it was able to deliver the aircraft on time.
Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan, Pawan Khera termed Rafale as the biggest defence scam and felt that only an independent investigation would unearth the scam.
BJP said that Rahul Gandhi is perhaps in Italy currently and should reply from there on how this corruption was done during the UPA tenure.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera also alleged that the BJP government has sacrificed national security, jeopardised the interests of the Indian Air Force.
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Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation and India's defence ministry have previously trashed allegations of any corruption in the contract.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed students of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington on Sunday.
The multi-role Rafale jets, built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for air superiority and precision strikes.
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Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh alleged large-scale corruption in the form of payment of commission in the Rafale deal.
The Wayanad MP had slammed the Centre and questioned why is the Centre not ready for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale deal.
Government has no option but to order joint parliamentary committee probe into Rafale deal: Congress
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said truth cannot be silenced while former defence minister AK Antony said the the Modi government cannot escape accountability by keeping mum.
The alleged scam in the Rs 59,000 crore deal was one of Rahul’s main poll planks going into the 2019 General elections, in which BJP returned with an even greater, historic mandate.
Is it because Gandhi family didn't get 'commission': BJP's retort to Congress questioning Rafale deal
Sambit Patra said it does not sound well when the Congress party accuses others of jeopardising national security.
Congress questions Modi govt's silence after French authorities order probe into 'corruption' in Rafale deal
Pawan Khera said the Rafale fighter jets deal was an inter-government deal between India and France, which means that the governments of the two countries were on either side.
Among the choices given by Gandhi to the question were guilt conscience, saving friends, JPC does not want a Rajya Sabha seat and all the above.