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Rafale Deal: Reliance Group Was Proposed By Indian Government, Says Former France President Francois Hollande

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| September 22 , 2018 , 13:14 IST

A new twist in the Rafale deal came on Friday when Former France President Francois Hollande said that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group was chosen as offset partner for the €7.87 billion deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets by the Dassault because the Indian government had proposed its name.

Hollande was quoted as saying, “We didn’t have a say in that. It was the Indian government that proposed this service group (Reliance), and Dassault who negotiated with Ambani. We didn’t have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us.”

“That’s why, on the other hand, this group (Reliance) did not have to give me any thanks for anything. I couldn’t even imagine that there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet,” he added.

Also Read: Rs 21,000 Crore Offset Commission To Reliance Group In Rafale Deal, Alleges Prashant Bhushan

Hollande was France president in 2015 when the deal was signed. 

Hollande remarks on Rafale deal attracted criticism from numerous corners, especially from the Congress party.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "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 PM has betrayed India. He has dishonoured the blood of our soldiers." 

Congress party have been continuously attacking Bhartiya Janta party for changing the contract that it was during UPA's government.

What is the alleged Rafale scam?

In 2012, the UPA government had chosen France from which to purchase the Rafale aircraft over the United States, Europe and Russia. The plan was to purchase 18 off-the-shelf jets from France's Dassault Aviation, with 108 others being assembled in India by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru.

In April 2015, the Modi government curved that deal to purchase 36 ready-to-fly aircrafts from Dassault instead of trying to acquire technology from Dassault.

The alleged scam is, at the time of UPA contract the price of a Rafale jet was Rs 526 crore per aircraft but in the NDA contract priced jumped to three times at Rs 1,670 crore per aircraft.