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We welcome Rafale aircraft, but there are issues in way contract handled: Congress

IndiaTimes Monday, 27 July 2020 ()
The Congress on Monday welcomed the Rafale aircraft in the country, saying the party has nothing against the fighter jet, but reiterated there were “issues in the way the contract was handled”.
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