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.
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.