Rahul: Modi, Ambani carried out joint surgical strike on defence forces
Referring to the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sept 22 alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani had jointly carried out a “surgical strike” on the defence forces
Upping the ante on the controversy surrounding the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, September 22 alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani, who leads Reliance Defence, had jointly carried out a "surgical strike" on the defence forces.
His renewed attack on Modi came a day after a French media report quoted former French president Francois Hollande as purportedly saying that the Indian government proposed Ambani's Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the ₹58,000-crore Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice. The Modi Government maintains that it played no role in the selection of Reliance.
"The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out ... SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers. Shame on you. You betrayed India's soul," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with then French President Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris.
The opposition party has been accusing the government of choosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to benefit the private firm though it did not have any experience in the aerospace sector.
Inputs by NH Web Desk