Modi Govt's 'Blatant Lies' Exposed, Says Opposition After Hollande's Rafale Comments

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Randeep Surjewala added that the deal was sealed between PM Modi and his French counterpart Francois Hollande, adding that if Hollande is speaking, why Modi ji is silent. Ahead of India's 2019 general election, in which Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will campaign on its pro-poor policies and economic development record, the allegations of impropriety against the government could provide fuel to opposition critiques that the prime minister is too cozy with tycoons.

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Thanking former French President François Hollande over his statement on the controversial Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has betrayed India, and has dishonoured the blood of our soldiers. "It was Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Films that produced the French leader's partner Julie Gayet's production Tout La-Haut", it had said. "It is clear that the watchman was not only a partner but also an accused, -" Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala tweeted. They have claimed that in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) Dassault chose the Indian offset partner of its own choice.

The Ministry of Defence put out a brief note on Twitter, saying that Hollande's statement is being verified even while neither the Indian nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi locks the then French President Francois Hollande in a hug in Chandigarh on January 24, 2016.

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.

"The government had stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner", the ministry said. Escalation of a mere 1,100 crore.

Former French President Francois Hollande told a French website that the Indian government suggested Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence in the Rafale deal and the French government had no say in the matter.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government was putting national security in peril by "hiding facts" of the Rafale fighter jet deal.

"The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a One Hundred & Thirty Thousand Crore, SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. I am sure the Euro equivalent would not be a problem to calculate".

"This is Dassault Aviation's choice, as (Dassault) CEO Eric Trappier explained in an interview published in MINT newspaper on April 17", the company, which also makes Falcon business planes, said in a statement.

The French media quoted Hollande having said on the Rafale controversy that the Indian government had "proposed this service group (Reliance Defence)".

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The government's decision meant that the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited lost out on a lucrative joint-venture contract for the new jets, to replace India's ageing fleet of Russian aircraft.

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