The tirade against BJP and PM Modi has soared li’l high as India inches near 2019 general election and the crusader of the tirade is none other than the Congress party’s president, Rahul Gandhi. In a fresh attack on PM Modi, Gandhi termed PM Modi ‘Commander in Thief’ in the Rafale Deal signed in the defence sector. Gandhi attacked PM Modi through a Twitter post where he shared a video titled “The sad truth about India’s Commander in Thief”. The video shows French media house, Mediapart’s Editor, Edwy Plenel, highlighting the French President, Francois Hollande, emphasizing repeatedly that “we did not have a choice.” Plenel can be seen repeatedly quoting Hollande’s line “we did not have a choice. We did not have a word to say about that subject.” He can be further seen saying “The Indian government suggested this service provider (Reliance Group) and Dassault negotiated with Ambani. We picked the interlocutor which was selected for us by the Indian Government,”
The sad truth about India’s Commander in Thief. pic.twitter.com/USrxqlJTWe
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 24, 2018
Plenel then went ahead to highlight the contrary stance of Indian government wherein the government distanced itself from the controversy by stating that it was a commercial decision in the private deal. “We just noticed it’s the contrary of the Indian government. The Indian government says it was the French part who organized the deal with Ambani, but the French part now says “no. Mr. Ambani was in the deal by the Indian government.” He said no conflict of interest with Ambani. Why? Because Ambani arrived in this deal and Reliance Group by the Indian government,” Plenel can be seen amazed while highlighting this. Plenel then went ahead to say that how Hollande repeatedly told the media house that they did not have the choice on the question of Indian government calling the deal a “Private deal”.
The interview with French President Francois Hollande was conducted on September 21 by a media house where Hollande spoke candidly with it’s Editor, Edwy Plenel. This is where Hollande made news for India which continuously is troubling the BJP government in the Rafale Deal. The French partner in the deal, Dassault Aviation, however, clarified that Reliance Group was chosen in compliance with the DPP (Defence Procurement Procedure) 2016 regulations. It further added that the deal also involves some other companies too as a part of offset contract under the Rafale Deal. The Congress party has termed this Rafale Deal as India’s biggest defence scam and demanded Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), K.V. Chowdary, to seize all the documents concerned to this deal and that an FIR must be lodged against the BJP government. It also demands to reveal the price of the aircrafts involved in the Rafale Deal which the BJP government denies to adhere to, citing the secrecy clause of a 2008 pact signed between India and France.
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The Congress party doesn’t seem to step back in accusing PM Modi in the Rafale Deal ‘scam’, as they call it. It will be interesting to see if BJP comes out clean in this controversial row which is claimed to be Rafale fighter jet deal scam.