India's PM Narendra Modi faces calls to resign over French jet deal

India's Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal

His attack on Modi came after a French media report quoted Hollande as purportedly saying that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal.

He also alleged that there was pressure for extraneous considerations and "bribe" for not finalising the Rafale deal during the UPA rule despite holding negotiations for years. "Thanks to François Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to.Anil Ambani", said Mr. Gandhi in a tweet.

Accusing the Prime Minister of playing with national interest, he said Narendra Modi was not serving the nation but the interests of Reliance.

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Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) defenders of the Rafale deal, notably Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, have repeatedly rejected Opposition charges of "crony capitalism" to favour Ambani.

The report comes at a time when the Congress has accused the government of favouritism and misleading the nation on the Rafale deal.


The sensational comments quoted to Hollande by French publication "Mediapart" gave a new twist to the controversy as the Indian government has been maintaining it was not officially aware of whom the Dassault Aviation has selected as its Indian partner to fulfil offset obligations of the deal. He says that in the meeting with the prime minister he was told that this was his only option. Everyday, government of India's statements are being proven untrue. "People have started suspecting by now that something fishy has been done (in Rafale deal), else why would the government lie day after day", the Delhi chief minister added.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "This Rafale deal is a scam if there was one".

He also claimed that various defence ministers of the NDA government have been lying to protect Modi. The whole truth must come out now. "It is a matter related to defence forces, it is a matter related to corruption", he said.

"The report referring to former French president Mr. Hollande's statement that GoI (government of India) insisted upon a particular firm as offset partner for the Dassault Aviation in Rafale is being verified".

"The government has stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the Offset partner", the ministry said.

The move prompted an outcry from Opposition, which has asked why a private firm, rather than the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, was given the opportunity to manufacture the jets.

The Rafale deal is an Indo-French agreement for the procurement of 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts (MRCA) jet fighters built by the French defence manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

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