Rahul Gandhi says Modi ‘middleman’, countercharged with ‘lobbying’

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In the last few months the whole Nation and the world as a whole has been evident to the allegations of Congress President Rahul Gandhi ,on PM Narendra Modi regarding the ‘RAFALE’ deal and its negotiation.

Now, adding to the ‘RAFALE’ row, in a press meet on 12 February, Rahul Gandhi charged Narendra Modi of acting as a ‘middleman’ for Anil Ambani, the owner of ‘Reliance Defence’.

Reliance Defence, a newly formed defence corporation, led by Anil Ambani is the company which has its name in the ‘RAFALE’ deal to build ‘RAFALE’ jets with the French counterpart ‘DASSAULT’ corporation.

Previously, it was said that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was supposed to be the company to be shouldered the responsibility of building  “RAFALE’ jet fighter planes in India.

However, HAL was excluded from the final deal and ‘Reliance Defence’ was charged with the responsibility.

‘HAL’ has been an experienced institution with decades of experience in defence projects, however Anil Ambani’s ‘Reliance Defence’ is a newly formed company with no prior experience in the field.

In the Press briefing Rahul Gandhi released an email from an executive of ‘Airbus’ which speaks about Anil Ambani’s ”secret and confidential” visit to the, then French Defence Minister’s Office.

Rahul Gandhi citing the email said that the, then Defence Minister of Defence, Manohar Parrikar and Foreign secretary was unaware of the negotiations .However, Anil Ambani had the information of the deal and assured the French Defence Minister that an MoU is in preparation which  would be signed during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to France, in which he would be ‘involved’.

Former Minister, Kapil Sibal, ‘tweeted’ the email with the caption “It seems Airbus , French Government , Anil Ambani all knew that the PM will sign an MOU on his visit to France between 9th and 11th April , 2015 . This Government’s lies exposed.”

Rahul Gandhi, further charged Narendra Modi of breaching the ‘Official Secrets Act’ and said that on this particular basis a criminal investigation should be initiated against PM Narendra Modi, since its a matter of defence.

He further asserted that it would land PM Modi in jail as he leaked official secrets to Anil Ambani.

 

Now, in a retaliation move by BJP, Law Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged Rahul Gandhi of acting as a ‘lobbyist’ of big corporations and further asked that from where did Rahul Gandhi attained the email of ‘Airbus’?

Adding to the counter move, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a series of ‘tweets’  targeted the ‘dynasty’ politics of Rahul Gandhi along with his allies and asked that how many lies would it require to save a sinking dynasty? and further criticised the said ‘Mahagathbandhan’ as ‘Mahajhootbandhan’,

 

 

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