Rahul Gandhi Says, "#GreatRafaleCoverUp" On Nirmala Sitharaman's France Visit

Rahul Gandhi Says, "#GreatRafaleCoverUp"  On Nirmala Sitharaman

Rahul Gandhi Says, "#GreatRafaleCoverUp"  On Nirmala Sitharaman's France Visit 

New Delhi: The Congress President calls for an investigation in the Rafale deal,  following the French media report that stated aerospace major Dassault had to select Anil Ambani's company for joint venture as a "mandatory" trade-off to win the 59,000-crore Rafale deal, He also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "is corrupt" and the "PM of Anil Ambani".

According to the report by Mediapart said Loik Segalen, a top Dassault official had explained to his staff at a presentation last year that the joint venture with Reliance Defence was "imperative and obligatory for Dassault Aviation, to accept this condition, in order to obtain the export contract for Rafale from India".

"It is absolutely clear that the prime minister is corrupt. I repeat, the prime minister of India is a corrupt man... and sadly, his entire campaign was on fighting corruption," Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference in the Congress office.

"He is actually not your prime minister. He is Anil Ambani's prime minister," the Congress president charged, not providing any evidence to back his allegations against PM Modi.


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was questioned by the Congress president on her visit to France, suggesting that it was part of a "huge cover-up".

"Now you see the defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, suddenly leaving for France... that too to visit Dassault... One wonders what the emergency is," he questioned.

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Mr Gandhi alleged that the defence minister had gone to "put pressure" on Dassault. He claimed, "And let me make one more thing very clear... Dassault is sitting on a massive contract... It will obviously say whatever the Indian government wants it to say. But look at the internal documentation in Dassault... that makes it clear as to what had happened."

The Mediapart's afrticle reinforced the former French president Francois Hollande's explosive statements last month that France did not have a choice in selecting Anil Ambani's rookie defence company for the offset clause in which  Dassault has to ensure that business worth at least half the deal's worth -- Rs.30,000 crore -- is generated in India.

Today, in a statement, Dassault Aviation clarified that it had "freely chosen" its partnership with Anil Ambani's company.

"These are minutes of a meeting held on May 11, 2017 within the office of Dassault Aviation company which fully confirms the statement of Mr. Hollande on the choice or the imposition of Reliance Group as Dassault's partner for the Rafale contract," Antonn Rouget, a journalist with Mediapart, told NDTV in Paris.

The parties of the opposition have alleged that Reliance Defence was formed just 12 days before the announcement of the Rafale deal in 2015. The charges were rejected by Anil Ambani.

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