Why did Modi oust HAL despite a work-share agreement with Dassault, asks Congress


New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS): Continuing its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "enriching his crony" in the Rafale deal, the Congress on Sunday demanded to know why Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was "ousted" from the deal despite having a work-share with Rafale maker Dassault Aviation.

Citing media reports as well as a tweet by Dassault confirming the work-share agreement, Congress spokesperson Priyanaka Chaturvedi also targeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who has accused the opposition of trying to "sabotage" the deal and "becoming pawns in corporate warfare".

"By bringing the argument about corporate warfare, Defence Minister seals and stamps the Congress party's charge that Rs 30,000 crore offset contract and Rs 1 lakh crore lifecycle cost contract was given to Modi's crony.

"In this process, 75-year-old PSU HAL lost out to a company that was started just 12 days after the deal announcement," Chaturvedi told the media here.

She demanded the Modi government to disclose the "compulsion" behind its decision to "snatch" 108 Rafale contract from HAL,despite having a work-share agreement with Dassault.

"Why did Modi government reject the Air Force's need and demand for 126 fighter aircraft (7 squadrons) and decide to buy only 36 aircraft (2 squadrons)? What was the obligation under which government squandered transfer of technology," asked the Congress leader.

Chaturvedi also accused Sitharaman of "lying to parliament" about offset partners in the deal.

"Sitharaman stated that she cannot divulge the offset partners in the deal, but the fact is that on October 28, 2017, the French Defence Minister met Sitharaman and went to Nagpur to attend stone-laying of Dassault-Reliance JV with her cabinet colleagues and Maharashtra chief Minister

"Why did she (Sitharaman) lie to the Parliament? What brief is she holding and to guard which corporate entity," asked Chaturvedi.

  

Comment on this article

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 21 2019

    Ambani, Adani & Ramdev gave back the looted money as Election Funds 😀😂🤣

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    Perhaps Prime Minister Modi's degrees and Anil Ambani owned Reliance industries experience is the answer to Congress.
    One can't prove his own degree and others don't even have the official web portal qualified for India's defense industries with just 15 days of formation.
    The Hindustan Aeronautics' Limited in his first time in the history from the time his formation during Vadayers is now forced to take overdraft to pay his employees.
    Prime Minister Modi, Ambani's wanted 70 years of proud history of India in defense and commercial aviation history to closed down like 'HMT' watches.

    1. If the BJP-RSS is a real nationalist party and worship 'Bharat Mata' and chants her 'Jai's' why the party is running away from Joint Parliamentary committee inquiry?
    2. Who decided to buy 36 aircraft for thrice price of same technology of UPA II deal?
    3. How does Anil Ambani being a private company with just 15 days of experience having no infrasture, official web portal and employees is able to qualify for Rs 40,000 crores lucrative deal?
    4. How a loss-making Anil Ambani company who failed pay Ericsson Rs2000 crores qualify for India's defense deal?
    The nation wanted to know in written.
    Jai Hind

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  • mohammed, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    Congress doesnt realise that the more they talk about rafale, the more they will look stupid.
    Why?
    Because the supreme court has spoken on this issue.
    May be a few liberals and activist lawyers may not believe the court.
    But the majority people of the nation trust the Court more than they trust the Politicans and the Media.

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    Appears that this gentleman is one more mole of the RSS/VHP apart from Tasleem.

    Else, a Mohammed is unlikely to trust the policies taken up by Modi govt and argue in favour of them.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 21 2019

    By your logic, all hindus should vote for BJP.

    Reply Report Abuse

  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 21 2019

    Mohammed,

    This is for your information, cosmes from the Italian lawyer of Michel :
    Quote
    While questioning Christian Michel in Dubai, Rosemary Patrizi tells Ashis Ray, Indian investigators made him an offer -- that if he named a member of the Gandhi family as having received kickbacks, they would not pursue him as an accused.
    Unquote

    Do not ask where I got it, do some hard-work and find out. I'm telling you, with Chris Michel, Modi is going to lose all the pretentious good he spread in the mind of the world leaders. Come May 2019, all will fall over him with revert abuses for misusing their trust.

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  • deepak, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 21 2019

    I understand your hard work.

    Reply Report Abuse

  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    It's true buddy.
    Partners in crimes...!

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    It is unbelivable what Modi is done. If there is even pinch of honesty was there, benefit of doubt could have given.

    HAL which is Indian premier organization that handles many other fighters for Indian defence is to be sidelined to a company which just get created a week before, sidelining all standard defense procedures, it is the recklessness and arrogance of power.

    No honest indian can endorse this deal, that is overflowing with corruption and absolute dishonesty towards nation.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    Had Modi not helped Bankrupt Anil Ambani, he would have died begging on the Streets ...

    Reply Report Abuse


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