Kharge said that the French government, in its statement, had nowhere contradicted what was demanded in the House by the opposition, which is to disclose the purchase price of Rafale jet fighters and had "merely referred to the 2008 Confidentiality Agreement".
He also said that the Prime Minister was fully aware that the Confidentiality Agreement is regarding defence cooperation including acquisition, purchase and transfer of technology, and "does not state that 'Commercial Costs' of procurement of defence deals cannot be revealed," he said.
It is not specific to Rafale jet fighters and nowhere prohibits the disclosure of purchase price to the Parliament and thus the Prime Minister's claim on transparency in the agreement was "factually incorrect, untrue and deliberately made with the intention to mislead the House".
The Defence Minister's assertion on the floor of the House, Kharge alleged, was "absolutely false" and that she "has wilfully misled not only the members of the House, but also the entire nation".
He also noted that the Minister of State for Defence had on November 18, 2016 ,in a reply to a Parliamentary question, revealed the price of Rafale aircraft as approximately Rs 670 crore and this was again disclosed in Rajya Sabha on March 19, 2018.
"The PM and Defence Minister are contradicting the reply of this MoS," he said.
Kharge requested that the the notice be accepted and referred to the Privilege Committee of the House for further proceedings.
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