Will probe Rafale deal if voted to power: Congress

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New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday promised that if the party is voted to power it will probe the controversial defence deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets signed by the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Dassault Aviation.

“Congress will enforce anti-corruption laws without discrimination…,” the party manifesto said.

It will investigate several deals entered into by the BJP government in the last 5 years and, in particular, the Rafale deal, it added.

Earlier, Bhalchandra Mungekar, one of the members of the party’s manifesto committee, told reporters that the inquiry into the Rafale deal will be initiated on the “first day after coming to power”.

The party also promised to probe the circumstances under which industrialists and fugitives like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi fled the country.

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“Congress will also investigate the circumstances under which a number of scamsters were allowed to leave the country and will take determined steps to bring them back and face legal proceedings,” the manifesto released here by top Congress leaders including its President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said.

–IANS

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