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Congress rejects Dassault’s defence, says Rafale corruption can’t be hidden

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New Delhi, Nov 13: Alleging a “fixed match” between the Modi government and Rafale maker Dassault Aviation, the Congress on Tuesday said the “blatant corruption” in the fighter jet deal cannot be hidden and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into it.

“The nation does not need doctored explanations but fair investigation. A fixed match between the BJP government and Dassault and public relation stunts of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Dassault Aviation CEO) Eric Trappier can’t hide the blatant corruption,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

His comments come in the wake of Trappier’s remarks in an interview to an Indian media outlet, rubbishing Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s charges of “lying” and asserting that the intergovernmental deal to buy 36 Rafales was “clean”.

Trappier also said that the company itself chose Anil Ambani as offset partner for the deal and clarified that it had 30 more such partners other than Reliance.

Dubbing Trappier’s interview as “dictated” and “manufactured lies”, the Congress said the “Rafale scam” cannot be suppressed.

“Mutual beneficiaries and co-accused’s statements hold no value. Beneficiaries and accused can’t be judge in their own case,” said Surjewala, daring the Modi government to submit itself for a JPC probe.

Leading the attack on the issue, Gandhi has accused Modi of corruption and Trappier of lying. Alleging “huge corruption”, Gandhi had claimed that the deal was “done by Modi to give Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore”.

The Congress has earlier too rejected Dassault’s justifications of the deal, saying the company will say whatver the Modi government wanted it to say.

Meanwhile, reacting to Eric Trappier statement, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said ” I would like to ask Mr Eric Trappier. Why did he make this statement on 26 March 2015 in presence of the then Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief announcing that Dassault & HAL have almost finalised the agreement”.

“Trappier had said on record that there is a work share agreement finalised between Dassault and HAL. So which of his statement is correct? He has to clarify now”, he added.

With Agency Inputs 

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Tejashwi slams Centre for not inviting RJD to all- party meeting

The RJD currently has 5 Rajya Sabha MPs apart from 75 MLAs in the Bihar assembly and 6 MLCs.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has slammed the Centre for not inviting the RJD to the all-party meeting on the coronavirus vaccine.

Yadav said the Narendra Modi government has called an all-party meeting but has not invited the RJD despite it being the single largest party in Bihar.

“It indicates that the meeting is just a show and nothing else,” he said.

The all-party meeting is currently underway in Delhi chaired by PM Narendra Modi. Sources have said that only those parties were invited for the meeting who have at least 4 to 5 MPs in Parliament.

The RJD currently has 5 Rajya Sabha MPs apart from 75 MLAs in the Bihar assembly and 6 MLCs.

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Priyanka addresses Dalit panchayat in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Friday, expressed concern over the increasing atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a Dalit panchayat at the party’s state headquarters, through virtual medium, she said that the Yogi Adityanath government was putting Dalits in the dock, instead of addressing their problems, and lauded the efforts being made by the UP Congress in reaching out to the victims.

Referring to incidents in Hathras, Kanpur, Lalitpur, Azamgarh and other districts, she said that even the Chairman of the Congress SC/ST cell was falsely implicated in a criminal case and arrested.

“I have spoken to inmates of Ambedkar hostels and they are apprehensive that the government may close down their hostels. You all should stay united and the Congress will always support you,” she said.

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DMK to hold black flag protest against farm laws on Saturday

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Chennai, Dec 4 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said that his party will hold a black flag protest against the three farm laws passed by the Central government.

In a letter to party members, he said the protest will be held in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the laws in Delhi.

Stalin said party leaders will hold the black flag protest in all the district headquarters following the Covid-19 safety precautions.

Reacting to the DMK’s protest, Tamil Nadu BJP’s agriculture wing head G.K. Nagaraj said Stalin, who is supporting the protesting middlemen in Delhi, should tell what he has done for the welfare of the farmers.

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