‘Unaware if India Had Put Pressure’: Francois Hollande to AFP

India's Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal

The Rafale deal is an Indo-French agreement for the procurement of 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts (MRCA) jet fighters built by the French defence manufacturer Dassault Aviation. What is staggering is that the Prime Minister is still silent on it. "He is playing into the hands of forces inimical to the nation", said the Law Minister. There should be a joint parliamentary committee formed.

"We are absolutely convinced that the prime minister is corrupt", Rahul said.

Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi had said at a public meeting in Dungarpur district that people now thought that the country's "watchman" is a "thief". "The PM personally negotiated & changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors.Thanks to François Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to a bankrupt Anil Ambani".

The statement comes in the wake of former French President Hollande saying that Reliance was proposed as an offset partner by the Indian government.

Gandhi also said that PM Modi dishonoured blood of our martyred soldiers.

"Cat's out of the Bag!"

Congress president Rahul Gandhi's recent speeches testify that he is anything but consistent. The Congress has been questioning the price and the choice of the offset partner.

"In the NDA negotiated Rafale aircraft deal, we have got no aircraft, we have got only lies".

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"We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this", he added. "This time by then President of France, Mr Hollande", he said.

"We didn't have a say on the subject". Escalation of a mere 1100 crore. Not one word has come out from the PM's mouth on this.

Gandhi also alleged that Reliance had no experience making fighter jets and was not in a financial position to receive such a prominent, so-called "offset" contract, which requires companies to invest additional money in India. He told French news site Mediapart.fr that his government was told to partner with a specific Indian firm, Reliance Group, for additional "offset" investments.

Modi, who stormed to power in 2014 promising to rid India of deep-seated corruption, had no "moral right" to remain in power after the revelations from Hollande, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said. "It is reiterated that neither GoI nor French Govt had any say in the commercial decision".

The government had categorically denied the accusation saying it had no role to play in the choice of the French company's Indian partner.

The Congress has been accusing massive irregularities in the deal, alleging that the government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalised by the UPA government when it was negotiating procurement of 126 Rafale jets.

The move prompted an outcry from Opposition, which has asked why a private firm, rather than the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, was given the opportunity to manufacture the jets.

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