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Biju Janata Dal demanded a white paper on the controversial Rafale deal

New Delhi:2/1/19: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday slammed the Narendra Modi Government on the controversial Rafale deal and demanded a white paper, wondering as to why technology transfer was not included in it.

Joining the opposition Congress in raising doubts over the deal in the Lok Sabha, BJD MP Kailash Narayan Singh Deo said “There needs to be a closer look at the deal. People of India should know what went behind (the decision).”

As the Congress sought to corner the Centre on the issue in the Lok Sabha, party president Rahul Gandhi once again demanded a JPC probe into the purchase of the fighter jets, a demand strongly rejected by the treasury benches.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there was no need for a JPC probe since the Supreme Court had given its ruling.

“Questions of probity and questions of procedure do exist. Questions arise on pricing. It is well known that Qatar has bought the same planes at much cheaper price,” Kailash said in Lok Sabha, adding that when there was lingering doubt about the deal, Parliamentarians cannot be expected to remain “mute spectators”.

“Under the UPA, technology was to be transferred. The government should come with a white paper on why it was not done,” he added.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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