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Cong continues its offensive against govt on Rafale deal

opposition led by Congress is unrelenting so far

The political dogfight continues in India when it comes to Rafale French fighter jet.

The opposition led by Congress is unrelenting so far.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi now said Indian taxpayers would have to pay “Mr. 56 inch friend’s joint venture ₹1 lakh crore over five decades to maintain the aircraft”.

He had earlier too raised the issue in Parliament during no confidence motion debate.

“Over the next 50 years, Indian taxpayers will pay Mr 56’s friend’s JV, (₹) 100,000 crore to maintain 36 #RafaleScam jets, India is buying. Raksha Mantri will address a press conference to deny this, as usual. But the truth is in the presentation I’m attaching,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted and tagged a document from a Reliance Infrastructure Investors presentation.

It is in the presentation, it is mentioned that the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd. (DRAL), the joint venture company between French Dassault Aviation and Anil Ambani-owned Reliance group, has secured the offset contract from Dassault Aviation for Rs 30,000 crores and the consequent “lifecycle opportunity” is estimated at Rs 1 lakh crore over 50 years.

On Friday, the Congress released a set of documents to allege that the Modi government had violated rules and changed norms to ensure that the renegotiated Rafale deal benefited the Reliance group.


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