Amid row, Rahul Gandhi interacts with HAL employees

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Standing in assist of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the employees of the general public sector unit exterior its headquarters in Bengaluru.

Rahul Gandhi and his Congress get together have been attacking the Modi authorities over the Rs 58000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal alleging corruption and favoritism.

Addressing HAL employees, Rahul Gandhi mentioned, “HAL is not just a company. When India got independence, India built some strategic assets to enter specific areas, HAL is a strategic asset to take India into aerospace.”

“The work you have done for this country is tremendous and the country owes a debt to you,” Rahul added.

Further stating that when Mr Obama says there are solely two international locations that problem the USA — India and China — you (HAL) are an essential a part of it, Rahul added, “I have come here to listen to you how this strategic asset can be made more effective and the type of difficulties you are facing.”

Rahul additionally advised the employees that Rafale contract is their proper. “You are the only company in this country that has the experience to build that aircraft. A very senior person in the government has said that HAL doesn’t have the capacity to build Rafale. Well, what about the person who got the contract? What capacity does he have? I can see 78 years of your (HAL) work here.”

Before assembly the HAL employees, Gandhi scion mentioned there was a must ‘defend the dignity of India’s defenders’ as he accused the Narendra Modi authorities of ‘snatching’ the Rafale offset contract from HAL and ‘gifting’ it to Anil Ambani’s firm.

On Wednesday, a report within the French media claimed that Dassault Aviation, the producer of Rafale, had to decide on Ambani’s agency Reliance Defence as its offsets accomplice in India as a trade-off for getting the deal.

The authorities has been insisting that it had no position within the Dassault’s selection of Reliance Defence.

Dassault Aviation mentioned in an announcement that it has “freely chosen to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group”.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has demanded an investigation towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his position within the Rafale deal, alleging that he was a ‘corrupt man’ who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 30,000 crore within the buy of 36 plane.

The three way partnership, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), was created in February final 12 months and the muse stone for the plant was laid in October within the western state of Maharashtra.

Last month, former French President Francois Hollande was quoted by ‘Mediapart’ as saying that France was given ‘no selection’ on collection of the Indian accomplice for Dassault and the Indian authorities proposed the identify of Reliance to accomplice with the French aerospace large. The former French president’s feedback triggered an enormous political row.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris. The ultimate deal was sealed on September 23, 2016.

(with inputs of DNA)

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