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“Bofors was a scam, Rafale is not”: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday dismissed all allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal and accused congress party of spreading “falsehood” on the issue and said while the Bofors scam brought the party down, Rafale will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power.

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NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday dismissed all allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal and accused congress party of spreading “falsehood” on the issue and said while the Bofors scam brought the party down, Rafale will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power.

Wrapping up a rancorous debate in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman, in her over two-hour speech, also accused the Congress of stalling the contract during its rule because it “didn’t get the money”, asserting that there was a difference between a defence deal and dealing in defence.

“Bofors was a scam, Rafale is not. Bofors brought you (Congress) down. Rafale will bring Modi back to (power) to have a new and transforming India and remove corruption which is stinking around the Congress,” Sitharaman, the first full-time woman defence minister of India, said.

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