‘Can’t allow temples of modern India being destroyed’: Rahul Gandhi at meeting with HAL workers

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Rahul Gandhi interacting with HAL staff in Bengaluru (Photo/ANI)

Continuing his effort to nook the Modi authorities over the Rafale fighter jet deal with France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met current and former staff of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru. 

Interacting with HAL staff, Rahul Gandhi described the defence PSU a ‘strategic asset’ in aerospace and stated that the nation owed a debt to it. 

“HAL is a strategic asset in aerospace, not an ordinary or regular company,” Rahul Gandhi stated at the occasion organised at Minsk Square close to the HAL head quarters.

Raising the difficulty of Rafale deal, Rahul Gandi claimed that defence deal with France was lined in corruption.

“Rafale is your right. You have the experience to build the plane I am not implying. I am saying that corruption and kickbacks have taken place,” he stated.

“Temples of modern India are being attacked and destroyed. We cannot allow it,” Rahul Gandhi added.

The Congress chief’s interplay is an element of his onslaught in opposition to the Modi authorities over the Rafale deal through which he alleges HAL had been ignored within the offsets contracts with French aerospace firm Dassault Aviation preferring Anil Ambani’s firm.

The Congress, which has been accusing the federal government of benefiting the Reliance Defence Ltd of Anil Ambani from the deal, has additionally been demanding solutions on why the state-run aerospace main HAL was not concerned within the deal as finalised through the UPA.

The celebration had been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of snatching jobs of folks of Karnataka by taking away the contract from HAL.

Gandhi had been saying that had HAL been chosen in place of Reliance Defence it may have generated employment to scores of unemployed youth within the state.

However, the BJP and Reliance Defence have dismissed all of the allegations as false.

Modi had introduced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with then French President Francois Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.

WATCH: Rahul Gandhi meets HAL staff

(With inputs from PTI)


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