The Congress on Saturday stepped up its battle towards the BJP over the Rafale fighter jet deal by holding interplay with current and former staff of the defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL).
c after an interplay reiterated prices towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for serving to the Reliance Defence to pocket `30,000 crore mission by overlooking pursuits of the HAL.
“There are kickbacks and corruption (in Rafale deal) while awarding the contract to Anil Ambani-headed Reliance Defence. The Prime Minister has gifted `30,000 crore to Reliance while destroying HAL,” he alleged.
“PSUs are the temples of contemporary India and they’re being destroyed by the Centre. We can not allow these to be destroyed,’’ he stated, including that the Congress was dedicated to defending PSUs and believed in HAL’s capabilities. Rahul stated that the Congress wouldn’t allow the Centre’s resolution to build a personal empire on the HAL’s grave.
“If someone thinks they’ll build their future on your graves that gained’t be allowed. There is super quantity of expertise you could have and it can’t be destroyed on this method. You are preventing for this and I need to inform you that we are going to additionally not allow it,’’ he informed the gathering at a Minsk Square in Cubbon Park, reverse the HAL company workplace.
Earlier, the Congress was planning to organise the occasion with the HAL staff union simply outdoors the PSU on outdated Airport highway. It was cancelled because the working union refused to be dragged into the political slugfest over Rafale deal.
Terming Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman a liar, the Congress president stated: “Why has HAL been overlooked in favour of Ambani company? Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is lying. Internal communication of Dassault, the manufacturer of Rafale fighter jet, has clearly indicated that if they wanted the contract, Reliance Defence should be a part of it.”
On Nirmala’s feedback that HALs don’t have the potential to develop a fighter jet, Rahul questioned the potential of the one that has been given the contract.
“What about the person who got the contract? What capacity does he have? I can see HAL capabilities here. I can see 78 years of your work. When I was small boy, everybody used to talk about NAT aircraft and HAL gave it. You have a history. And I understand that you are all hurt. This is as important to me as any corruption. You feel insulted and I understand that you are hurt and I want to stand with you,” he stated.
“HAL has 78 years of expertise whereas Reliance Defence had been right here for 10 days. You don’t have debt and actually the federal government took `5,000 crore from you, however the one that received contract has `40,000 crore debt,’’ he stated. Stressing that PSUs are the spine of this nation, he stated that defence pursuits might be protected solely when PSUs like are strengthened. Just a few staff, retired and dealing, spoke concerning the HALs capabilities and referred to the Tejas fourth Technology fighter jet erected on the Minsk Square for example of what the defence behemoth is able to.