Dassault aviation clarifies; Says Indian govt had no hand in choosing partners

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2018

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the Rafale deal was doctored "behind closed doors" by Modi.

"The prime minister has betrayed India".

The Congress has been attacking the PM, finance minister Arun Jaitley and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the deal and has approached the CAG to examine why the Modi government purchased the jets at three times the UPA price and caused loss to public exchequer worth Rs 41,000 crore. "We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us", said Hollande.

Dassault aviation clarifies; Says Indian govt had no hand in choosing partners

In a two-hour interaction, the Congress president continually alleged that the RSS was out to attack independent institutions and was trying to take over the education system.

Further Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation also made it clear that the partnership with Reliance was their own choice, in a press statement the aircraft manufacturer said, "This is Dassault Aviation's choice, as CEO Eric Trappier had explained in an interview published in MINT newspaper on April 17, 2018. Thanks to Francois Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to.Anil Ambani (the billionaire chairman of Reliance Group)".

In a statement released on Saturday, the Communist Party of India demanded the immediate formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee "so that the role of the Prime Minster and government is enquired into to find out the truth of the matter". "That's why, in other circumstances, this group could not be avoided in spite of everything", Mediapart on Friday quoted Hollande as saying.

Francois Hollande's claims have been contradicted by both the France government and Dassault Aviation, the maker of the Rafale jet.

The opposition has been accusing the government of choosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd even though the private firm did not have any experience in the aerospace sector.

Modi, who stormed to power in 2014 promising to rid India of deep-seated corruption, had no "moral right" to remain in power after the revelations from Hollande, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

In his tweets, Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a "surgical strike" on the defence forces. Party spokesperson Manish Tiwari tweeted that speculation was rife that the French Parliament may conduct a hearing over the Rafale deal.

Hollande has been quoted in an article by the French website as claiming that the Indian government had asked the French government to nominate Reliance Defence as its India partner in the Rafale jet offset deal. "Dassault Aviation and Reliance have built a plant in Nagpur for manufacturing parts for Falcon and Rafale aircraft", the company said in a statement.

"The French government is in no way involved in the choice of the Indian industrial partners which have been, are or will be, chosen by French companies", the statement said.

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