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Anil Ambani writes to Rahul on Rafale deal, says party has been misinformed, misled

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ADAG Group chairman Anil Ambani. (File Photo: IANS)

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has written to Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying that the party has been “misinformed, misdirected and misled” by malicious vested interests and corporate rivals on the offsets related to the Rafale fighter jet deal.

A Reliance Infrastructure Ltd release said that Ambani wrote a letter to Gandhi last week and expressed “deep anguish over continued personal attacks” on him while terming all allegations as “baseless, ill-informed and unfortunate.”

Clarifying on the role of Reliance in offset exports/ work share, Ambani wrote that Rafale fighter jets are not being manufactured by Reliance or Dassault Reliance Joint Venture.

Ambani said Gandhi’s allegation that Reliance Defence was set up 10 days before the announcement on April 10 , 2015 of government’s decision to purchase 36 French-manufactured Rafale jets links factually incorrect information “and is thus irrelevant and completely false.”

“The Reliance Group announced its decision to enter the defence manufacturing sector in December 2014-January 2015, months before the intention for purchase of Rafale aircraft. In February 2015, we informed the Indian Stock Exchanges of the companies we have incorporated,” Ambani said.

The release said that all the 36 fighter jets are to be 100 per cent manufactured in France and exported from France to India.

Ambani clarified that not a single component worth a single rupee is to be manufactured by Reliance for these 36 Rafale jets.

“The allegations relating to `lack of experience’ are, thus, irrelevant,” the release said and added that there is no contract from the Defence Ministry to any Reliance Group company related to 36 Rafale aircraft.

Ambani said allegations of Reliance benefitting by thousands of crores was a “figment of imagination, promoted by vested interests” and put simply, “no contract exists with the Government of India “

“Our role is limited to offset exports / export obligations. More than 100 medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) will participate in this along with public sector undertakings like BEL and Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). This role strengthens Indian manufacturing capabilities and is in pursuance of the Offsets Policy introduced by the Congress-led UPA Government itself from 2005 onwards,” the release said.

Gandhi has been attacking the Modi government, alleging that the deal had caused a loss of Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer compared to the price negotiated by the Congress-led UPA government. He has also making allegations about the offsets.

The party also said on Saturday that it will launch a month-long nationwide agitation from next week on what it said was “Rafale scam” of the Modi government and other issues.

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Tejashwi Yadav thanks people of C’garh, Rajasthan, MP for voting ‘against tyranny’

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Madhya Pradesh Live :Congress Seeks Governor’s Appointment to Stake Claim to Form Govt

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Bhopal, Dec 11 : The Congress party has sought  an appointment late tonight with the Governor to stake their claims to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. The party has sought appointment by sending an email and a fax too.

Governor House issued a statement , ” An appointment will be given only after the situation is made clear by the Election Commission.”

The Congress led by Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia is fighting it out with the BJP to grab number one position in the state. The Congress, in fact, has already established contact with smaller parties to secure alliance in a bid to form govt.According to sources, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party have agreed to support the Congress to form a government in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress party will go to the Governor House as soon as they win 116 seats in the state. The party has won 69 seats and is leading on 44 seats

Congress party is leading with 114 seats, BJP has 108 seats while BSP has 2 and still waiting for the final result.

“Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram, Pm Modi said.

“We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people, PM Modi said.

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Bhima-Koregaon case: SC to examine charge-sheet against 5 accused in January

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : The Supreme Court will examine in January the charge-sheet filed by Maharashtra Police against five alleged urban Naxals accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case and for having links with the outlawed CPI (Maoist).

The Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the hearing in January as senior counsel Indira Jaising appearing for the accused said that she needed time to go through the bulky charge-sheet running into more than 5,000 pages.

The Maharashtra Police had last week filed a charge-sheet running into 17 volumes against the five accused – Surendra Pundlik Gadling, Sudhir Pralhad Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Dr. Soma Sen and Mahesh Sitaram.

Along with the charge-sheet in Marathi running into more than 5,000 pages, the Maharashtra Police has also filed copies of the charge-sheet translated into English.

As senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that the copies of the charge-sheet along with their translations have been filed, senior counsel Jaising said that she needed time to go through them.

The apex court in the last hearing on December 3 had directed the Maharashtra Police to place before it the charge-sheet filed against the accused along with the translated copy and a gist of the allegations made therein.

The court had directed that the particulars of another case filed against Gadling along with the complaint/FIR, as may be the case, be also filed.

The matter relates to the alleged singing of “objectionable songs” and instigating comments, speeches and sloganeering at the Elgar Conference by Dhawale and others at the Bhima-Koregaon Shouryadin Prerna Abhiyan organised by the Kabir Kala Manch on December 31, 2017.

Accusing the five activists of their links with the CPI (Maoist), the Maharashtra government has alleged that they mislead backward people and ingrained radical Maoist thoughts in their minds.

As part of their propoganda, the members of the Kabir Kala Manch — Sudhir, Dhavale and others — are known for their instigating speeches at various places in Maharashtra which would “create enmity and violence in the society”, says the Maharashtra police.

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