Rahul Gandhi renews Rafale attack, says PM Modi ‘opened door to allow loot’
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Rahul Gandhi renews Rafale attack, says PM Modi ‘opened door to allow loot’

Rahul Gandhi’s scathing attack came after a report in The Hindu claimed the Rafale deal between India and France involved “major and unprecedented” concessions from the Indian government

india Updated: Feb 11, 2019 13:27 IST
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", after the completion of its 18 month-long renovation in Toulon, France, November 8, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday over a media report which claimed the government waived anti-corruption clauses in the Rafale deal, alleging he “opened the door” to allow Anil Ambani to “steal” Rs 30,000 crore from the Air Force.

Gandhi’s scathing attack came after a report in The Hindu claimed the Rafale deal between India and Franceinvolved “major and unprecedented” concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA). “NoMo anti corruption clause. The Chowkidar himself opened the door to allow Anil Ambani to steal 30,000 Cr. from the IAF,” Gandhi tweeted tagging the report.

The government, as well as Ambani, have strongly refuted allegations of any wrongdoing in the fighter jet agreement with France.

Last week, the Congress president had demanded answers to questions raised by another report in the newspaper that the PMO conducted parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal.

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 13:20 IST