I am a tough negotiator, let me save money: Parrikar on Rafale deal

New Delhi: Showing no signs of relenting, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said he is a “tough negotiator” and wants the “best price” for Rafale fighter jets from France.

However, the minister said the budget for next fiscal takes into account the Rafale deal for which “adequate money” has been kept aside.

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“I am a tough negotiator. Let me save money for the nation,” Parrikar told reporters here when asked why the deal has not been signed yet.

Stating that he was aware that the IAF needs the aircraft, the minister added “I think a good buyer does not put his weakness in front. He always keeps his cards close to his chest. Please don’t ask me to disclose my cards in national interest.”

Asked if he was looking at any alternative to equip the IAF in case the Rafale deal does not go through, he said “many times it is better to cross the bridge when it comes”.

The defence budget for the next fiscal takes into account the payments that will have to be made when the Rafale deal is signed, said Parrikar who had last month made it clear that the price of the aircraft was the only sticking point left in the agreement.

At least 15 per cent of the total payment will have to be made immediately, if and when the deal is signed.

During French President Francois Hollande’s visit here in January, India and France had inked an MoU for the purchase of 36 French Rafale aircraft but persisting differences over the pricing of the fighter jet came in the way of the multi-billion dollar deal being wrapped up.

The deal is estimated to cost about Rs 59,000 crore.

3 Comments

  1. “Let me save money for the nation….Please don’t ask me to disclose my cards in national interest” – Report quoting Indian Defense Minister.

    This is a pure nationalistic jingoism bordering on ‘hate speech’!!! How dare he talks about saving money for the nation- I have no doubt that this has offended many in JNU campus, minority vote banks and media!!! I sincerely request Bakra Dutta and others in media to immediately seek inputs from Bollywood intellectuals and ’28-yrs old’ student from JNU on this very troubling statement from a sangha parivaara activist!!!

    • IT HAS TO OFFENDED MODI, IF HE DID NOT TAKE THE FRENCH PRESIDENT FOR A RIDE.

      MODI VISITED FRANCE AND SAID THE DEAL WAS THROUGH.

      AGAIN, MODI INVITED THE FRENCH PRESIDENT AS THE CHIEF GUEST OF REPUBLIC DAY FUNCTION AT NEW DELHI AND DECLARED THAT THE DEAL IS THROUGH.

      HE MIGHT HAVE SUCCESSFULLY FOOLED THE INDIAN VOTERS, BUT NOT THE FOREIGN HEADS OF STATES.

      WHAT SORT OF DIPLOMACY IS THIS? WHY SHOULD MODI IGNORE THE SANE ADVICE OF THE DEFENCE MINISTER AND PRETEND TO BUY EQUIPMENTS?

  2. “I am a tough negotiator. Let me save money for the nation,” by Defence Minister, Manohar Parikkar.

    Amongst the few politicians at the Centre, if there is one decent politician, then it has to be this man. Unlike the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who talks like a dictator, full of rhetorics, makes promises which he cannot keep or can be called false promises, indulges in theatrical gestures and jingoism, this man is down to earth. When he was the Chief Minister, he did a lot for Goa. Sadly, his successor, Laxmikant Parsekar, is a big nut. He is trying to declare the heritage of Goa, the coconut tree, as grass, so that property developers, politicians and bureaucrats can have a field day and make good money and line their pockets.

    Some of the Goan politicians are a character by themselves. In the past one Minister had studied upto IX Std. and was Goa’s Education Minister and another one used to wear fancy clothes, don a bandana and go about chasing ladies, demanding money from casino operators and he used to say his profession was fashion designer (when, he fact, he was a ladies’ tailor. I wonder which decent lady would go to this Romeo with criminal background). At least Goan people get together, gulp quite a bit of Feni and take out street marches/protests, shout vociferously and create a shindig.

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