V K Singh on Rafale row: ‘If I start speaking, those making allegations won’t be able to show their faces’

Union Minister V K Singh and BJP’s city unit chief Yogesh Gogawale at the launch of the ‘Bharat ke Mann ki Baat, Modi ke saath’, in Pune on Wednesday. (Arul Horizon)

Defending the NDA government over the Rafale deal, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh on Wednesday warned that if he opened his mouth, then those making allegations against the government “will not be able to show their faces”.

Singh, a former Indian Army chief, made the comments while launching ‘Bharat ke Mann ki Baat, Modi ke saath’, a campaign by the BJP’s city unit.

Singh said during his tenure, he had “raised his voice against the procurement of Tatra trucks. We were to purchase 6,000 trucks, the price of which was Rs 25 lakh each, but it was being sold to us for Rs one crore. I am not going into where the remaining money went.”

The Union minister added, “Those claiming corruption in the Rafale deal will not be able to show their faces. It is better that I keep quiet.”

Singh said the allegations over the Rafale deal were being made on the basis of incomplete information. The deal should not be looked at it in isolation, but should be considered in its entirety, with all the associated factors, he said.

“There is a long process… before making a decision on the procurement of weapons. The deal is made based on the demands of the defence sector. The negotiations on price are carried out later and finalised on the basis of…

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