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    Indian govt wanted Reliance for Rafale, we didn't have a choice: Ex-French prez Holla


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    The Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as a partner in the now-controversial Rafale deal, and France "didn't have a say in the matter", former French president Francois Hollande said in an interview published on Friday.


    Hollande, who spoke to the French media house Mediapart, said, "It's the Indian government which proposed this service group [meaning Reliance], and Dassault which negotiated with Ambani. We didn't have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us."

    Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "President (Former) Francois Hollande should also enlighten us how the price went up from 590 crores in 2012 to 1690 crores in 2015 per Rafale fighter jet? Escalation of a mere 1100 crores. I am sure the Euro equivalent would not be a problem to calculate."

    Who is getting the extra Rs1100 crore? Who all benefited?

    This looks a big scandal.


    Responding to Congress attacks on the government for keeping Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) out of the Rafale deal under offset clause, both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have been constantly stressing that Dassault and Reliance got into an agreement on their own.

    Somebody is lying
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    In an interview to a media house, T Suvarna Raju, former chairman and managing director (CMD) of HAL, claimed that Dassault and HAL had signed the mutual work-share contract and given it to the government.
    He further said that the life-cycle costs of the aircraft would have been cheaper if they had been made in India.
    However, contradicting this, defence sources on Thursday claimed disagreements between HAL and Dassault Aviation had led to the collapse of negotiations between the two in the Rafale fighter plane deal during the UPA term.

    Again somebody is lying.

    Does Modiji know that Jaitely is leading down the drain?
    Every time Modiji has trusted Jaitley, the results have not been good.
    Demonetisation should have been the warning siren.



    https://www.indiatoday.in/india/stor...942-2018-09-21


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    Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said “This is explosive! Former French President Hollande, with whom Modi signed the new deal for 36 Rafale planes, says that the French and Dassault had no say in selecting Ambani as the partner (commission agent?) For the deal! Was recommended by Modi. Is this also secret Modiji?”

    “Raksha Mantri with all nostrils blazing smeared Hindustan Aeronautics. Others from Modi's inner bhakt circle put the onus for the choice of Anil-bhai Ambani on the French. Here is some clarity on the biggest scam ever under the cloak of national security,” tweeted senior journalist Sukumar Muralidharan.

    https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/shock-anger-in-india-after-french-presidents-revelation-on-rafale-deal-anil-ambani-reliance-chosen-by-india-modi-government
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    ‘Qui est le clown maintenant?’

    The newspaper that gave the story the most prominent space on its front page was The Telegraph, which asked in its headline, in French: “Who is the clown now?” Just a day before Hollande’s claims, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called Congress President Rahul Gandhi a “clown prince” for his allegations related to the Rafale deal.

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    ’s front page used pull-quotes to remind readers of various claims made by Cabinet ministers in recent days in their defence of the choice of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence for part of the deal. The caption for a picture of Hollande hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi read: “Who should we trust, messieurs?”

    https://scroll.in/latest/895371/whos-the-clown-now-angles-vary-but-most-english-front-pages-cover-hollandes-claims-on-deal
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    he Rafale controversy is simply refusing to fade away, even though the opposition and the critics have yet to produce a smoking gun.

    The country has the good assurance of a minister of state, a new arriviste in the saffron tent, that there is no “Uncle Quattrochi” in this business. But that has not helped – nor have all the tantrums thrown by the snarky court jesters. The reason is simple: it is the presence of a jugaadu corporate face in the deal that casts its malevolent shadow over the whole affair.


    There may not be a scam but there is a scandal.

    And the scandal is the manner in which prime ministerial authority was exercised in Paris in April 2015 by Narendra Modi. What is even more scandalous is the BJP’s defence: this is the way Modi works – take it or leave it.


    The government’s cheerleaders arguably point out that in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had indeed promised to restore the dignity and autonomy of the office of the prime minister, which was presumably diluted when Manmohan Singh gave preference to the principle of collective responsibility over prime ministerial predominance. The 2014 vote, the argument goes, gave Modi the mandate to behave decisively, even aggressively and assertively. Arbitrarily, arrogantly? So be it.

    Yet it needs to be stated plainly and clearly: notwithstanding the promise of an “assertive” prime minister, India did not elect a pharaoh.

    India is not a banana republic. The prime minister of India is not above the law, nor beyond the established procedures. He has no authority to act like an authoritarian overlord.


    An over-aggressive government has copiously produced reams and reams of arguments and allegations, but there is no adequate explanation for the suddenness of the Paris volte face.


    The rationale for a sudden shift, from 126 to 36 fighter planes remains shrouded in mystery. All said and done, the “126” decision was a collective product of an established procedure, diligently observed, presided over by an over-cautious raksha mantri who would not want even the remotest of suspicion about the deal. More importantly, the Air Force brass had fully participated in the decision-making that had arrived at the contours of the “126” package.



    Now suddenly we are invited to believe that the same Air HQ is perfectly happy and satisfied with these vastly reduced numbers. Is there no appreciation of intellectual integrity among those who are trusted with our national defence and security?

    What is disquieting in the BJP’s defence of the deal is an unstated assumption that the prime minister had absolute discretion to upend an ongoing negotiation process.


    This is a dangerous proposition.


    https://thewire.in/government/rafale...a-modi-scandal
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