PM Modi Personally Negotiated Rafale Deal for Anil Ambani, Thanks to François Hollande For Revealing, Says Rahul Gandhi

Team Latestly
'Jaitley ji in his speech in Parliament had said the deal is (Rs) 58000 cr, so divide this by 36, what figure do you get? Rs 1600 crore,' Rahul Gandhi said.

New Delhi, Sept 21: Training guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused him of personally renegotiating the Rafale fighter jet deal with former French president François Hollande to benefit "bankrupt" Anil Ambani.

Also Read | Amit Shah Asks Rahul Gandhi to Clarify Congress' Stand on Maoist Problem Clear

The Gandhi scion's fresh salvo came shortly after Hollande was quoted by a French French journal Mediapart saying that the Indian government forced Dassault Aviation to choose Reliance Defence Ltd of Anil Ambani as the offset partner.

"The PM personally negotiated and changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors. Thanks to François Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to a bankrupt Anil Ambani. The PM has betrayed India. He has dishonoured the blood of our soldiers," Gandhi said on Twitter.

Also Read | Rafale Deal Controversy: Former French President Francois Hollande Claims Modi Government Imposes Decision To Select Reliance Defence Ltd As Offset Partner



Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, who has petitioned before the Supreme Court against the alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal, said the government should clarify on the statements of Hollande, as quoted in the French journal.

Bhushan pointed out that the Reliance Defence Ltd, which was selected as offset partner, has no experience in aircraft maintenance. The company was irrationally chosen over the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which has been involved in defence production since 1969.

Hollande's purported statement is likely to land the Narendra Modi government in the dock in the crucial election year as it contradicts the government's stand so far. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the government had no role to play in the selection of Reliance Defence Ltd as the offset partner by Dassault, the manufacturing company of Rafale jets.