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Why Defence Minister is visiting France in a hurry: Rahul Gandhi

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Updated: Oct 11, 2018, 01.59 PM IST
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Rafale deal: Why is Defence Minister visiting France in a hurry, asks Rahul Gandhi
Rafale deal: Why is Defence Minister visiting France in a hurry, asks Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today questioned the necessity of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to France. Sitharaman left for France Wednesday night on a three-day visit.

In a press conference, Rahul Gandhi asked what was the emergency for the Defence Minister to visit France and that too in such a hurry and why she is visiting the Dassault Aviation's factory.

Gandhi also pointed out the French media report that quoted the deputy CEO of Dassult saying that the company had to opt for Reliance Defence as a partner in order to get the Rafale contract.

The report clearly says it is "Compensation for the purchase of Rafale", Rahul said.

"Anil Ambani never made an aircraft...He made the company just 10 days before the deal... The PM gave Rs 30000 cr in Ambani's pocket," the Congress president said.

"He (Narendra Modi) is Ambani's PM. He is not India's PM," he added.

Rahul Gandhi said there is a huge cover up and the media is being pressurised. Slamming the Modi govt for not setting up a joint parliamentary committee to probe the issue as demanded by the Opposition, Rahul Gandhi said "there is no clear cut case of corruption than this (Rafale)".

"The whole India now knows that the Modi govt put Rs 30,000 cr in Ambani's pocket," he added.

Dismissing the statement issued by Dassault earlier today in which the company dismissed the French media report, Rahul Gandhi said that the company is under immense pressure and it will say what the Government of India wants it to say.

French media portal Mediapart earlier claimed that it has in possession of internal documents of Dassault in which the Dy CEO of the company said that it was an “alliance” and “imperative and mandatory” for the company to partner with the Anil Ambani group to clinch the fighter jet deal with India.
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