Finance Minister Questions Hollande On Rafale, "Truth Can't Have 2 Versions"

Finance Minister Questions Hollande On Rafale, "Truth Can

Finance Minister Questions Hollande On Rafale, "Truth Can't Have 2 Versions"

New Delhi: Today, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley questioned Francois Hollande, the former president of France's hugely controversial statements on the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying "truth cannot have two versions". Mr Jaitley took to facebook to share a blog and said that Mr Hollande first said that the Indian government mandated industrialist Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the domestic partner for Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

Mr Jaitley wrote that later the French premier said that "he is 'not aware' if Government ever lobbied for Reliance Defence and that 'the partners chose themselves'."

The Finance Minister's counter comes in the middle of a major political firestorm over Mr Hollande's remarks that have bolstered opposition Congress's allegations of corruption in the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

On Friday, in an interview to a French journal, Mr Hollande said that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

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Mr Hollande, when asked whether India had put pressure on Reliance and Dassault to work together, told news agency AFP that he was unaware and "only Dassault can comment on this".

Arun Jaitley says, this "contradicts his first questionable statement which the French Government and Dassault have denied".

Mr Jaitley's attack was based on a tweet that he claimed was posted by the Congress on August 31 that would place Mr Hollande's latest statement in a contradictory position. "The Congress Party's official handle on 31.8.2018 had carried the tweet of one of its leader 'It is evident that Anil Ambani bribed President Hollande through his actor-partner to get the Dassault partnership'," Arun Jaitley wrote.

The Finance Minister questioned the credibility of the Congress's allegation on the Rafale deal. "...the Congress party to allege that a former president had been bribed by an Indian business group, and then use him as a primary witness, particularly when he is facing criticism for an alleged conflict of interest within his own country."


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