Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has termed the Congress’ allegations about Rafale fighter jet deal as “shameful” .
Talking to media in New Delhi, Ms Sitharaman said, the deal was finalized following transparent procedure. The minister said, the allegations are politically motivated and amounted to “disservice” to the armed forces .
She said the inter-governmental agreement with France for “emergency” procurement was struck duly following a transparent procedure and after clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Security.
The Minister alleged that the indecision of the UPA governments from 2004 to 2014 to procure the combat jets “potentially compromised” national security interests.
Congress had alleged that irregularities in the Rafale deal and accused the Prime Minister of allegedly changing the entire deal to benefit a businessman.