Hollande's sauce: Rafale egg on government's face

The deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015

Hollande's remark contradicted the Indian government's stand on the Rafale deal.

Rahul Gandhi further claimed that people in the central government are making false statements "one after the other" to save Prime Minister Modi as he was the one, who signed the contract. "It is very important for the prime minister now to either accept Mr Hollande's statement or state that Mr Hollande is lying and tell what the truth is". "We were given no choice, we took the partner which was appointed". "PM personally negotiated and changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors". In fact, the French ministry's statement merely confirmed a part of what Hollande had purportedly said - that his government had no say in the matter. We can't expect anything else from Rahul Gandhi.

Attacking the government over its education policy, Mr Gandhi said government institutions should be given precedence over private institutions and the government should put money to strengthen them. The "Defence Offset Guidelines" of DPP 2016, clause 4.1 in Indian Offset Partners (IOP) reads: "Indian enterprises and institutions and establishments engaged in the manufacture of eligible products and/or provision of eligible services, including DRDO, are referred to as the Indian Offset partner (IOP)".

"President (former) Francois Hollande should also enlighten us how the price went up from 590 crore in 2012 to 1,690 crore in 2015 per Rafale fighter jet?". On 23 April 2018, after three years of Modi's announcement to purchase 36 Rafale in fly away condition from France, Dassault Aviation openly admits that they formed the JV with Reliance Defence in April 2015 itself.

A Rafale fighter jet.

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"Since the work share between Dassault Aviation and HAL was never agreed upon, the statement claiming Lower Life Cycle cost is completely presumptive", an official said.

For over six months now, the Congress has been alleging that the NDA's Rafale deal involved "huge corruption" that resulted in a loss of ₹41,000 crore to the public exchequer.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been relentlessly pursuing the issue and was called a "Clown Prince" by Jaitley 24 hours earlier for not answering the finance mnister's 15 questions on the Rafale deal in connection with the Rafale row, did not mince words on Friday. The Centre has repeatedly stated it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.

The spokesperson also said, "It is reiterated that neither the government nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision".

Hollande's comments to "Mediapart", a French language publication, triggered sharp reactions from the opposition parties which have been accusing the government of massive irregularities in the deal and benefiting Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) despite not having any experience in the aerospace sector.

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