Rafale fighter aircrafts purchase by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now spreading fast across the country. The deal runs into crore of rupees of corruption and undue favours to the Reliance Group. The Congress is leaving no stone unturned to expose the corruption involved in this deal.
Perhaps to strengthen the Congress hands in India against Narendra Modi, the French former President, Francois Hollande, gave a rude shocker to the Indian government led by Modi. Francois was the President of France when the deal was signed between India and France. Francois said that the French jet manufacturer, Dassault Aviation, had been given no choice about its local partner in the deal with the Indian Government. This indicates that they were forced to take Reliance Aviation as the partner. The Reliance Aviation of Anil Ambani was favoured against the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to partner with the Dassault Aviation in supplying the fighter aircrafts for India.
The Congress took the French former president’s statement to justify the party’s charge against the NDA government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress accuses Modi of favouring the Reliance Aviation against the country’s interests and a huge amount of money was paid to the Reliance Group.
The proposal was to buy 126 fighter aircrafts from Dassault Aviation at Rs 526.10 crore each and the HAL was assigned to procure the aircrafts for the Indian Air Force. In fact, the Dassault Aviation had agreed to supply these Rafale aircrafts at this price in the international bid on December 12, 2012. But, the Modi government had purchased just 36 aircrafts paying Rs 1670.70 crore each on April 10, 2015.
The Congress makes several allegations in the deal, including the price and Modi keeping the Cabinet in dark, before awarding the procurement contract to the Reliance Aviation by withdrawing the HAL. The Congress further says that the Prime Minister had kept the Foreign Secretary, the Defence Ministry and the Indian Air Force while awarding the contract to the Reliance Aviation. The HAL too was not informed about how and why it was removed from the contract.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet has to answer the questions being raised by the Congress across the country. The Congress leadership is holding protests all over the country exposing the deal and undue favours given to the Reliance by Prime Minister Modi.