Paris, September 21: In a new twist to the Rafale deal controversy, former French President Francois Hollande in an interview has said that the Modi Government imposed the decision to choose Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence Limited. In the interview, Hollande said that the French government had no say in picking the offset partner for Dassault Aviation. He further added that the Indian government had proposed that group service.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government always claimed that it had no role in the selection of the Reliance Defence Limited as the Indian partner of Dassault Aviation for the offset deal. Ambani in his letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also claimed that the government had no role in French Group Dassault picking up his company as a local partner.
“Indian Govt proposed this service group.. we did not have a choice”~ Ex French President, Hollande who signed Rafale Deal with Modi pic.twitter.com/LQBwAWvFQmAlso Read | What is Rafale Deal? All You Need To Know About French Fighter Jets Which Has Pitted Congress, BJP At Loggerheads
— DeepJyoti (@Shishyoham) September 21, 2018
former french president hollande says reliance was forced on his government as an interlocutor for the rafale deal.
this contradicts the stance of the indian government and the bjp that dassault selected ambani as a partner on the offset contract. https://t.co/Tvm0GKnBhG
— Rajiv Desai (@rnhd) September 21, 2018
In the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s proposed deal to purchase 126 Rafale Jets, 108 jets were to be manufactured in India in partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Congress has been targeting the Modi government for giving offset-deal to newly created private sector company Reliance Defence Limited instead of public sector entity, HAL. However, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that the UPA government took the decision of de-selecting HAL.
Initially, the UPA government signed a deal of USD 12 billion which amounts to Rs 78,000 crore (approx.) for acquiring 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), Rafale Fighter jets. The NDA government after coming to power scrapped the old deal. The central government signed a new contract with the French government in 2016, worth Rs 59,000 to acquire 36 jets in ready to fly condition.