Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of theft in Rafale deal

Congress president Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Dassault Rafale deal on Monday alleging that the country’s “chowkidar” (watchman) had committed “chori” (theft) by snatching away money from the poor and handing it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.
Addressing a gathering in Amethi’s Jais, Gandhi urged people to vote out the BJP-led government and accused the PM of not fulfilling his promises.
“The watchman of the country has indulged in theft. He has taken out thousands of crore from the pockets of the poor, martyrs and the jawans and put it in the pocket of Ambani,” Gandhi said in his parliamentary constituency.
French company Dassault, which is supplying the fighter jets, has entered into a joint venture with the Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group to meet its offset obligations to create business for Indian firms, following the Rafale deal.
In a statement quoting Ambani’s letter to Gandhi last month, last month, the Reliance Group had said, “Allegations of Reliance benefitting by thousands of crores is a figment of imagination, promoted by vested interests. Simply put, no contract exists with the Government of India.”
On Monday, recalling the statement made by former French president Francois Hollande that triggered a fresh controversy over the Rafale deal, Gandhi asked why the price of the deal was not disclosed.
“I raised it (Rafale issue) in Parliament and Modi could not make eye-to-eye contact… Why did you purchase the fighter jets at three times the price. Why was offsets contract taken away from HAL,” he asked.
Gandhi recalled his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and said the French leader had said that the price of the fighter jet could be disclosed.
He alleged that the Modi government had purchased Rafale fighter jets at nearly 300 per cent the cost negotiated by the previous UPA government. “The chowkidar is quiet,” Gandhi alleged.
The 48-year-old Congress chief also targeted the Modi government over the frauds related to fugitive offenders Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi.
Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Amethi, said he will fight for the demands of the people which will be fulfilled once his party comes to power. This is his first visit to his constituency after the Kailash Mansarowar pilgrimage.
On Tuesday, he is scheduled to attend a meeting with district officials and discuss the progress of other works undertaken in the constituency.
(With inputs from agencies.)

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