NDA's re-negotiated Rafale deal has put pilots' lives at risk: Rahul Gandhi 

India could not get transfer of technology and it was shameful that Indian pilots have to put their lives at risk flying the ancient Jaguar aircraft as the new technology did not come, he said.

Published: 18th October 2018 09:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2018 09:14 PM   |  A+A-

Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi (File | EPS)


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Modi government over the Rafale issue alleging that Indian pilots were at risk flying the "ancient" Jaguars due to the NDA renegotiating the Rafale aircraft deal that did not allow transfer of technology to the country.

In a Facebook post, Gandhi alleged the NDA renegotiated the UPA deal to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India's prestige globally.

India could not get transfer of technology as negotiated during the UPA rule and it was shameful that Indian pilots have to put their lives at risk flying the ancient Jaguar aircraft as the new technology did not come into the country, he said.

He cited a media report to allege that instead of getting 126 Rafale aircraft together with transfer of technology that would have transformed the Indian Air Force, the NDA government renegotiated the deal to get only 36 aircraft made in France.

"Since 2014, instead of taking to closure deals that had been negotiated by the UPA Government, the present government has focussed on renegotiating those deals to benefit crony capitalists.

"For instance, the UPA's Rafale deal for 126 aircraft would have transformed the Indian Airforce allowing us to scrap and replace ancient aircraft like the Jaguar.

"It involved the transfer of technology to HAL which would have helped make us become more self reliant in the future. Instead, the deal was re-worked for Anil Ambani's benefit and reduced to just 36 aircraft - all made in France. These aircraft will take years to arrive in India," he claimed in his post.

Gandhi later tweeted, "Thanks to the PM's massive corruption, the best pilots in the world now have unlimited access to French junkyards for Jaguar spare parts, rather than new, Indian made planes."

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has denied the Congress' allegations in connection with deal.

Gandhi and his Congress party have been attacking the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, alleging corruption and favouritism.

The Government has dismissed Rahul Gandhi's allegations, while the BJP has accused him of spreading lies on the issue.

The Congress chief alleged that India's pilots are forced to put their lives at risk each day, flying ancient Jaguars, that are kept in the air "using parts scrounged from junk yards in France and other parts of the world".

"Not only is this shameful, it reduces India's prestige globally and puts the lives of our pilots at risk," he said.

He cited a media report claiming that "India is the only air force in the world still flying the Jaguar aircraft, and will now 'cannibalise' retired aircraft for spare parts".


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    Congress chief is keep on talking only rafale deal in his election speech. How many voters or followers
    3 years ago reply
  • Rajashekar

    Every pilot who was killed flying a MIG 21 died because the scamgress led UPA
    3 years ago reply
  • Raghu Chennai

    Mr Samitpatra a learned doctor and the spokesman for BJP once abandoned the person hit by his ???? car whilst traveling in his car in Newdelhi A qualified medical man whose responsibility is to save the life of a person met with the accident hit by his car had abandoned the person inthe road. What a Pity!!!! The same medical man criticises Congress President using a Facebook evidence The "Peti Baachavoo" sloganeering PM didn't care about the sexual harassment met by eleven or more women by his own cabinet collegie Mr M J Akbar what tangible action had been taken by his most inefficient HM. in the Kathuva Rape& Alwar Lynching incidents. Only the people of India ???????? will take a firm& strong ???? decision in removing the NDA Government in the Democratic way in the 2019 Lokhsaba Election
    3 years ago reply
  • Higgins Boson

    Honestly pappu has lost his marbles. Imagine the repeated failure of MIG's during UPA. Now he thinks that Rafaels built in France will have a greater rate of failure than the ones that did during UPA. Does he even think and talk???
    3 years ago reply
  • Riyank Hatur

    One R Wadra took 25 karod in Agusta Westland air deal. Police must probe it quickly.
    3 years ago reply
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