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International Corporate Rivalry Behind Rafale Storm: Sitharaman

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday suggested “an international Corporate rivalry” could be behind the “artificial storm” being unleashed against the Rafale deal despite the Supreme Court not finding anything adverse in it and the government repeatedly answering all questions.

“None of us should become part of an international corporate warfare… Is India’s interests on the top of your agenda or becoming pawns of corporate rivalries?” she said, obliquely attacking Congress while delivering a lecture on “India’s strategic interests in context of the Rafale deal”.

Though she did not name any company, Eurofighter Typhoon manufacturer EADS had offered a 20% discount on its earlier bid after the French Dassault Aviation, which makes Rafales, was declared the (lowest bidder) in the original medium multi-role combat aircraft project for 126 jets under UPA in 2012. Read more

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