Rahul says Modi changed Rafale deal to help businessman, BJP hits back

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 19, 2017

"Raking up the issue of Rafale fighter aircraft deal again, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having 'changed the entire Rafale deal to help a businessman".

"You ask me so many questions and I happily and openly answer them. I want to ask you, why don't you question Prime Minister Modi who changed the entire Rafale deal to help a businessman?" he asked.

Raising questions about Dassault Aviation entering into a joint venture with Reliance Defence Limited, an Anil-Ambani owned company, Mr Gandhi tweeted, "Can you explain "Reliance" on someone with nil experience in aerospace for Rafale deal?"

BJP national president Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's company was alleged to have witnessed a quantum jump in turnover since Modi government came to power.

Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman rejected the Congress's charges calling it "politically motivated" and asserted that it was clinched at a cost "lesser" than what it would have been under the previous UPA regime.

Gandhi also put out tweets taking a jibe at the government over Rafale deal and alleged a "loot".

Sitharaman told reporters here that the NDA government went for the purchase as an "emergency" procurement.

No figures on the price were, however, given by the minister. Praising Rajiv Gandhi, Pawar said he was a leader of vision. "They are finding it hard to accept that there has been no case of corruption in the three-year rule of the Narendra Modi government", said Prasad. Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala had accused the Prime Minister of promoting interests of Reliance Defence Limited.

The BJP dismissed the allegation, claiming it was meant to "divert attention" as party bigwigs faced the prospect of being questioned in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scandal. In a statement, Reliance Defence Limited dubbed the Congress' allegations as "baseless and unfounded". Referring to the allegation that the Prime Minister promoted its interests, it had said, "the Joint Venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation is a bilateral agreement between two private companies".

On allegations that proper procedure was not followed, it had said, "the government policy issued on 24 June 2016 allows for 49 % FDI in the Defence Sector under the automatic route, without any prior approval".

"Now he is not alive and neither is the Italian who was allegedly involved in this case".

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