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In his yet another scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, September 22 said that the former French president Francois Hollande’s comment on PM, in which he called the latter a thief, PM should finally break his silence over the Rafale deal row. His attack comes a day after Francois Hollande revealed to a French investigative journal that the government of India proposed Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the India partner for the 36 Rafale jet deal, which was signed in 2015, and France had no choice but to accept the deal.
Rahul in a presser in New Delhi said that the statements made by Hollande clearly mean that PM is corrupt and accused several Defence Ministers of the ruling party, who are trying to shield PM Modi. Rahul further demanded an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Rafale deal.
In 2015, PM Modi had announced the procurement of a raft of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with former President Hollande on April 2015, in Paris.
Soon after the deal was made, the Congress accused the ruling government of corruption and cronyism in the multi-billion dollar deal.
The party has been accusing the ruling party of choosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in order to benefit the private firm. However, the firm does not have any experience in the aerospace sector.
The question of rafale deal was also raised by Rahul Gandhi during the no condifence motion against the BJP, which was passed by many parties, including TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu over Andhra Pradesh special status.