Who is lying? Defence Minister or Dassault Aviation; Congress questions government over Rafale deal

New Delhi | The Congress party on Friday questioned the Central government over issuing Anil Ambani led Reliance Defence Ltd. the rights for the production of Rafale aircraft. Congress alleged, “To hide one lie, hundreds of lies are being told by Modi government.”

Addressing the Press Conference, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, “Reliance Defence Ltd. has zero experience in manufacturing aircrafts. The company was floated just 10 days before the deal”. ” Reliance Aerostructure Ltd. was given license to manufacture aircrafts but the company was only on paper, it did not even own a land,” he added.

“When Defence Offset contract is signed, it requires the permission of Defence Ministry. Another important rule is, the contract should be audited by the Defence Minister. All these rules were violated,” questioned Surjewala.

Congress spokesperson further alleged that “While Reliance Aerostructure Ltd did not even own a land on date of acquiring license(22 Feb 2016), what is even more surprising is that RAL was incorporated on 24 Apr 2016, 14 days after the announcement of purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts.”

Attacking the Modi government for the mismanagement in the Rafale Deal, the Congress party said, “Reliance’s offset contract is ₹30,000Cr and a consequent lifecycle cost contract of ₹1,00,000Cr. Modi govt is peddling lies of ₹1,30,000Cr.”

Referring to the annual report of Dassault, the Congress party claimed that offset contract is being executed by Reliance. On contrary, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has claimed in a PIB release dates 7 Feb, 2018, that offset contract has not been awarded by Dassault.

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