Claims, counter claims fly as war over Rafale deal heats up

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

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

According to a source in government, Gautam Adani, founder of the Adani Group, was the only other person present for at least a part of the Modi-Turnbull meeting in Canberra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with then French President Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris.

Both the French government and French aerospace company Dassault issued separate statements following a French media report which quoted Hollande as saying that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for French aerospace giant in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal and France did not have a choice.

The former French president Francois Hollande on Friday said that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the offset partner in the Rafale deal, and they were left with no choice.

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Some even called it a "clear denial", which, the AFP article makes apparent is an entirely wrong interpretation of what Hollande said. He pointed out that Hollannde who is not in office any longer was under no serious political compulsion to make the remarks.

Late on Friday night, the French government issued its own carefully worded "denial".

"The PM personally negotiated and changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors". Thanks to François Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to a bankrupt Anil Ambani. He also said that the PM has dishounered the martyred soldiers and has shamefully betrayed "India's soul". Now Pakistan also supports Rahul Gandhi's baseless allegations against PM Modi.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to come up with a proper clarification over Rafale fighter jets controversy. Predictably, he had lost the next Lok Sabha election in 1989.

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The BJP and the Congress are involved in a bitter war of words over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.

The process to acquire 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMCRA) began in 2007 in an attempt to replace the aging MiG aircrafts of the IAF. Rafale comes up with the lowest bid. Initially, 126 aircraft were to brought, 18 off-the-shelf in a "flyaway" condition and the rest were to be built by the French company in India with an Indian partner.

Dassault denied the report, saying it had picked Reliance as a partner for industrial reasons. In this Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence became the "offset" partner of the French. He must have reasoned that helping Anil Ambani start up a high-end defence industrial firm by feeding it custom would ultimately benefit the country by installing new source of economic growth, technology innovation, and employment generation.

The implied "conflict of interest" relates to the Reliance Group's investment of Euro 1.6 million in 2016, in a film produced by Hollande's partner, actress Julie Gayet. "We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor we were given", Hollande had said. Though much of his presidency and political career is remembered for his close alliances with many of his female colleagues in the Socialist party and elsewhere, Hollande had also been in charge under whose watch the Rafale deal was signed. It has, however, declined to provide the exact costs for them, citing a confidentiality agreement with France, and larger, security concerns. They are not partners in the Rafale deal.

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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.

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