Publicado: Sol, Setiembre 23, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

No choice given, India suggested Reliance for Rafale deal: Hollande

No choice given, India suggested Reliance for Rafale deal: Hollande

Modi government has denied those allegations. "I could not even imagine that there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet", Hollande was quoted by the French media having commented on the ongoing Rafale deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance's name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

Rahul Gandhi's attack comes a day after Francois Hollande told a French investigative journal that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner for the 36 Rafale jet deal. "We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us". He pointed out that Hollannde who is not in office any longer was under no serious political compulsion to make the remarks.

Hollande's reported statement contradicts Indian government's claim that the agreement between Dassault and Reliance was a commercial pact between two private parties and the government had nothing to do with it. "More broadly, the possibility of New Delhi doing a favor for a pro-government corporate titan in the high-stakes, big-money world of arms sales - the optics are awful, and the reputational costs for the government could be considerable".

"The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out".

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"The PM has betrayed India". Ahead of India's 2019 general election, in which Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will campaign on its pro-poor policies and economic development record, the allegations of impropriety against the government could provide fuel to opposition critiques that the prime minister is too cozy with tycoons. Now Pakistan also supports Rahul Gandhi's baseless allegations against PM Modi.

In September 2016, India finally agreed to buy 36 Rafale aircraft for Rs 59,000 crore. Initially, India had planned to buy 18 off-the-shelf jets from France, with 108 others to be assembled in the country by the state-run aerospace and Defence company HAL.

The French foreign ministry later issued a statement saying that "the sole obligations of the French government were to assure delivery and the quality of the equipment". "It is clear that the watchman was not only a partner but also an accused, -" Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala tweeted. The government has been maintaining that it did not have any role in the selection of the offset partner by Dassault. "The statement of the former President has exposed the claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the Indian government had no role in it, as a blatant lie", the CPI (M) said.

You lied on the Rafale deal.

Commenting on the controversy over Reliance's involvement in the deal, Prasad cited a February 2012 Times of India report which stated that Reliance Industries had signed a pact with Dassault Aviation for partnering in the defence and homeland security system in Asia's third largest economy.

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