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“Rafale Deal Snatched Jobs From Indians”: Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM

August 12, 2018 10:30 am Category: BATH CHEETH, SLIDER NEWS A+ / A-

Directly accusing PM Modi of corruption in the deal for the French fighter planes, he said the prime minister had favoured his businessman “friend” Anil Ambani by getting him the “contract”.

Rahul GandhiJAIPUR: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi again on the Rafale
aircraft deal as he launched his party’s campaign for the assembly polls later this year in Rajasthan.
Directly accusing PM Modi of corruption in the deal for the French fighter planes, he said the prime
minister had favoured his businessman “friend” Anil Ambani by getting him the “contract”.

The reference was to the business that foreign manufacturers are required to bring to Indian firms when
a defence deal is signed with the government, under the country’s offset policy. Anil Ambani has
already rejected Rahul Gandhi’s allegations and emphasised that the government had no role in the
Rafale-manufacturing French firm Dassault picking up his company as a local partner.

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in 2015 for the procurement of 36 Rafale
planes. In his address to party workers at the Ramlila grounds in Jaipur, Mr Gandhi claimed that the
Rafale deal had snatched job opportunities from young Indians, including engineers, as the planes will
be manufactured abroad.

Mr Gandhi said the price of the Rafale plane fixed now is about “three times” the amount agreed upon
during the previous Congress-led government. He said this “corruption” by PM Modi will become apparent
over time. The Congress chief claimed that only 450 youths got employment in the country every day
while China was creating jobs for 50,000 people every 24 hours.

“Our youths are more honest, capable and stronger than the Chinese but it is a matter of shame that
despite having almost equal population, they are getting fewer job opportunities,” he said.

He questioned why Rs. 2,30,000 crore could be “written off” as bad loans to 15 or 20 big
industrialists, but the government could not help debt-ridden farmers. When farmers are unable to pay
back their loans, they are called defaulters and are jailed. But bad debts of big industrialists are
called non-performing assets (NPA), he said. He also accused the government of failing to ensure the
safety of women.

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