Rahul Gandhi Says PM Acted Like Anil Ambani’s Middleman In Rafale Deal

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Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi and the Congress have accused PM Modi of corruption over the Rafale deal.

New Delhi:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today again repeated his charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi benefited industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale jet deal. "Anil Ambani, who met the French defence minister, mentioned an MoU he is looking forward to sign after the Indian prime minister's visit to France. This is a breach of the official secrets act… the PM is the only other person who knows about this… in fact Anil Ambani opened his company after this meeting," he said.

Mr Gandhi's scathing attack on PM Modi on the Rafale fighter jet deal comes a day after repeating his allegation of corruption in the 36-jet deal. "The Prime Minister became prime minister saying he will fight corruption. Have you read today's Hindu? It is very clear in today's (Monday's) Hindu article that the PM removed the anti-corruption clause. Every defence deal has an anti-corruption clause," he said after meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was on a day-long fast in the capital.

The Congress alleges that the government finalised an overpriced deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets at an inflated price to benefit Anil Ambani, whose inexperienced defence firm was recommended as an offset partner for Dassault, the company manufacturing the aircraft. Both Dassault and the government have denied the allegations.

Here are the updates on Rahul Gandhi's press conference on Rafale deal:

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Feb 12, 201913:17 (IST)Ravi Shankar Prasad on Rahul Gandhi's charge on Rafale deal

  • Rahul Gandhi is making unsubstantiated claims.
  • His repeated lies on Rafale deal has been unmasked.
  • His family has looted India

Feb 12, 201912:38 (IST)

Mr. Modi is under oath to protect secrets. He has given these secrets to Anil Ambani, who knew about the biggest defence deal in the world 10 days before. This itself is criminal. This itself will put the Prime Minister in jail: CP @RahulGandhi#ChowkidarChorHaipic.twitter.com/UBf5xarRZz

– Congress (@INCIndia) February 12, 2019

Feb 12, 201912:36 (IST) Anil Ambani had met the French defence minister days before the signing of the deal during PM Modi's visit to France in 2015, Rahul Gandhi said, quoting from an e-mail written by an Airbus executive to a French official.Feb 12, 201912:36 (IST)What Rahul Gandhi said on Rafale today

  • Anil Ambani, who met the French defence minister, mentioned an MoU he is looking forward to sign after the Indian prime minister's visit to France.
  • This is a breach of the official secrets act… the PM is the only other person who knows about this… in fact Anil Ambani opened his company after this meeting.
  • The Prime Minister is acting as Anil Ambani's middleman.
  • All this is stated in an e-mail written by an Airbus employee.
  • This is a very serious issue… the Prime Minister now absolutely must reply on this. What is going on?
  • The Defence Ministry does not know, the Defence Minister does not know. Only the Prime Minister knows… and then you see, Anil Ambani knows.
  • This is no longer just a matter of corruption, it is a matter of the official secrets act, and therefore a national security issue… the Prime Minister has done what spies do. He has divulged issues of national security to someone else.
  • The Supreme Court judgment now becomes questionable.
  • India's biggest defence plan, something that even the Defence Minister doesn't know, nor does the foreign secretary, but Anil Ambani knows… and the only other person who knows is the Prime Minister.
  • National security has been compromised. An MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) is known to a businessman before it is drafted before anybody else. Like I said, PM has done something that spies do.
  • These 3 things – corruption, procedure, and national security – these just have to be investigated. No one will be spared in this.

Feb 12, 201912:32 (IST) Mr Gandhi's scathing attack on PM Modi on the Rafale fighter jet deal comes a day after repeating his allegation of corruption in the 36-jet deal. "The Prime Minister became prime minister saying he will fight corruption. Have you read today's Hindu? It is very clear in today's (Monday's) Hindu article that the PM removed the anti-corruption clause. Every defence deal has an anti-corruption clause," he said after meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was on a day-long fast in the capital. Feb 12, 201912:29 (IST) Congress president Rahul Gandhi cited an e-mail to claim the businessman was aware of the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) before India and France signed it.No more contentSource Article