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Surgical strike is something India should be proud of: Arjun Jaitley

While reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet that Rafale Deal was a surgical strike on forces, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

ANI | Updated: 23 Sep 2018, 13:04:54
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: While reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet that Rafale Deal was a surgical strike on forces, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that surgical strike is something India should be proud of. He further added, “It’s highly objectionable statement. 

Surgical strike is something India should be proud of. Your patriotism is questionable if you are ashamed of and refer to it in a derogatory manner”.

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the Congress may believe any of the two “contradictory” statements made by the former French President Francois Hollande on Rafale deal, but “circumstances won’t lie”.

Arun Jaitley speaking to ANI said, “Congress can believe anything, but you must remember a basic principle of conduct, which for centuries has ruled throughout the world. Which is ‘Men may state inaccurate facts, circumstances never lie’.”

“In 2012, the UPA government has selected the same Rafale from Dassault. At that stage there are two Reliances in the country today, one of the Reliance entered into a MoU in 2012 with Dassault.

Was it a scandal?” asked Jaitley. “I pity Rahul Gandhi’s understanding. How is it a scandal if a dozen Indian companies say that for a 56,000 crore contract, if offsets are going to be 28,000 crore, I want to be among the 20 who are going to make offset supplies? Everyone will get 2000-4000 crore. How is it impropriety?” added Jaitley.


First Published: 23 Sep 2018, 13:03:31

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