Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi on Rafale, alleges deal changed to benefit a 'businessman'

The Congress vice-president asked the media why it did not question him for allegedly changing the "entire deal" to benefit a businessman.

Published: 16th November 2017 02:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th November 2017 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with the office-bearers of All India Unorganized Workers Congress at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express photo by Shekhar Yadav)

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NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi ignored a recent warning from Reliance Defence Ltd and fired a fresh salvo aiming to hit both PM Modi and the corporate giant.

Rahul’s jibe came days after the Congress attacked PM Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal signed in 2016 and alleged the premier favoured Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence, which got into a defence production joint venture with French manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

The company had asked the AICC to retract the statement or face legal action.

“Self "Reliance" is obviously a critical aspect of "Make in India. Can you explain "Reliance" on someone with nil experience in aerospace for Rafale deal? ” Rahul tweeted.

“Modi ji - nice touch removing the suit. What about the loot?,” Rahul said in another tweet referring to his earlier jibe at the expensive suit that prime minister Modi wore in 2015 during the visit of the then US President Barack Obama.

Hours later, the Congress vice president raised the issue again as he urged media persons at AICC headquarters to question PM Modi over the aircraft deal.

"You ask me so many questions. I answer you properly. Why don't you ask the PM about the Rafale deal? He changed the whole deal for benefit of one businessman,” Rahul said.

The Congress alleged that PM Modi scrapped an earlier deal that UPA government had negotiated for 126 Rafale aircraft and unilaterally agreed or a fresh deal for 36 aircraft at an inflated price.

The Congress also alleged that PM Modi did away with a clause under which public sector HAL would have received technology transfer from the French defence manufacturer.

Further, the joint venture between Dassault and Reliance Defence was not cleared by the union cabinet, the Congress alleged.

Reliance denied the charges. The BJP too rubbished the allegations saying the Congress was leveling charges on PM as the party feared that the trail in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam could lead to the Gandhis.

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