The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report submitted to the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday showcased 2.86 percent lesser pricing deal done by the BJP government in 2015 compared to Manmohan Singh government in 2007.
While the actual pricing details were not mentioned as the Defence Ministry cited such details can’t be disclosed.
However, the CAG report read on the bank guarantee exclusion from the current deal, “Therefore, these savings to the vendor would have to be factored in. The total savings accruing to the vendor (Dassault Aviation) by not having to pay these bank charges should have been passed to the ministry.”
Though, the Congress and other opposition parties have no confidence in the CAG report. The opposition alleged, CAG auditor Rajiv Mehrishi was the then Finance Secretary and was part of the decision making process of the Rafale deal agreement.
The auditor report took cognisance of the fact that the base price of the Rafale jet deal in 2007 for the first 18 Rafale jets (bought in 2007 UPA regime) and in 2015 are the same.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “The lies of the Mahajhootbandhan stand exposed by the CAG report.”
He added, “It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynasty is right.”
Earlier in the morning before the Rafale deal was tabled in Rajya Sabha, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had word-attacked PM Modi saying, the Prime Minister words on Rafale jet deal of “faster delivery and better pricing” is “demolished”.
Rahul Gandhi had also said on the CAG auditor, “We are not questioning the institution. But the gentleman who is preparing CAG report was part of this decision making process.”