Nirmala Sitharaman calls Rafale deal row a battle of perceptions

Governance       Rahul Gandhi wants House panel probe into Rafale deal but history shows it’s pointless
       
       	        Rajgopal Singh         25 September 2018

Governance Rahul Gandhi wants House panel probe into Rafale deal but history shows it’s pointless Rajgopal Singh 25 September 2018

On Friday, Former French President Francois Hollande told the media that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offsets clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

While reiterating its position on the selection of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as Dassault Aviation's partner, it claimed that the ruling party has no role in the selection of Indian firm.

"She claimed that Mr. Gandhi's tweets from August 31 - which said, ".this Rafale aircraft really does fly far and fast!

Originally, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was set to manufacture 108 Rafales, out of the 126, the rest were to be bought in a flyaway condition. There is a conspiracy to get the deal scrapped, defame the country and lower the morale of Indian Air Force, Shekhawat alleged.

In a bid to corner the government, a delegation of senior Congress leaders met CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to submit a memorandum over the alleged "irregularities" in the Rafale deal.

Addressing a meeting in his parliamentary constituency of Amethi, Gandhi alleged that the country's "chowkidar" Modi snatched money from the poor martyrs and the jawans, and handed it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has at last admitted that the Narendra Modi Government is losing ground in the messy Rafale fighter het deal, which has turned into an all-out slugfest between the BJP and the main Opposition party, Congress.

Dassault now says the statement by its chief was because he was hopeful that the deal with HAL to manufacture the 108 planes was about to be signed and he wasn't aware that government of India had some other plans. He also accused the Congress of trying to gain political mileage over the issue with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections next year. "That's the contract", the Mediapart editor said quoting Hollande.

PM Modi announced the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters after talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.

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