In an interview with the economic times published on Saturday, Gandhi made the remarks that he was anti-industry and even though there was a large number of Indian companies that we can be proud of there are some crony capitalists like Anil Ambani who is a dishonest businessman.
Rahul Gandhi said that Ambani and his company Reliance group received ₹30,000 crores from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Rafael fighter aircraft deal and received kickbacks in the form of tax concessions from the French government.
In response to Gandhi statement Reliance group issued a notice that said that the “Congress party president Rahul Gandhi has once again in his typical cavalier fashion continued the campaign of his calumny, disinformation, malicious lies, and distortion.”
The reliance group dismissed the statements of Rahul Gandhi against the chairman Shri Anil Ambani of an alleged ‘crony capitalist’ and a ‘dishonest businessman’ as patently untrue statements.
In the statement, there were questions whether the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has supported an alleged crony capitalist and a dishonest businessman between 2004 and 2014. The statements claimed that it was during the tenure of Congress LED UPA regime between 2004 and 2014 that the reliance group received ₹1,00,000 crore for awarded projects across the diverse key nation-building infrastructure sectors such as roads power metro telecom. The statement said that the Congress LED UPA government is led by none other than Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s own political party.
Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi in a sarcastic fashion, the statement said if Rahul Gandhi’s government was supporting a crony capitalist and a dishonest businessman for ten long years
The statement satirically claims that the remarks by Rahul Gandhi for one office multiple untruthful utterances in the cheat of the electoral campaign for which he has already facing contempt proceedings in the High Court.
The statement also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has not provided any credible evidence to justify his statement during his interview and said that Gandhi has “attributed no basis to these claims.”