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Rahul attacks Modi, Ambani on Rafale deal

Mediapart, a French language publication, quoted Hollande as saying, “It was the Indian government that proposed this service group, and Dassault which negotiated with Ambani. We had no choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us.” Reacting to Hollande’s reported remark that is at variance with the Indian government’s position, a defence ministry spokesperson said on Friday, “The report referring to former French president Hollande’s statement that the government of India insisted upon a particular firm as offset partner for the Dassault Aviation in Rafale is being verified.” The spokesperson also said, “It is reiterated that neither the government nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision.” The French government on Friday said it was in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale fighter jet deal, asserting that French companies have the full freedom to select Indian firms for the contract. Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, had chosen Reliance Defence as its partner to fulfil offset obligations of the deal. The government has been maintaining it did not have any role in selection of the offset partner by Dassault. In a statement, Dassault Aviation said it decided to partner with Reliance Defence in accordance with the policy of ‘Make in India’. 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 to benefit the private firm though it did not have any experience in the aerospace sector. (PTI)

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