Hollande revelations contradicts defence minister and GoI on Rafale deal

Kapil Sibal
Former Human Resource Development Minister of India

New Delhi, Sep 22 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said now the revelations made by former French President Francois Hollande on Rafale deal contradicts the claims made by the defence minister, therefore it is high time that  Government of India should disclose the facts to the country.

“This contradicts what the defence minister has said and what government of India (GOI) has been saying, I believe  GoI has also denied it, now we don’t expect anything better from GoI.”

“It’s time for GOI and the defence ministry to disclose to the people of this country what the facts of Rafale deal are and there is no point in not disclosing it, as truth has somehow has the ability to come out in the open,” he said.

“It’s a significant revelation. A website in France disclosed that French President Hollande made a statement that Dassault didn’t choose Mr. Ambani’s company and it was GOI which insisted on choosing him as a partner with Dassault. It contradicts what GOI has been saying,”  Congress leader and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal  said.

Kapil Sibal’s statement came after the interview published in the French publication quoted former French President Francois Hollande as saying that the Indian government was the one which proposed Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as Dassault Aviation’s partner in multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal, and that France did not have a choice.

“HAL has said that we were capable of manufacturing the Rafale aircraft, they had been manufacturing very sophisticated Russian aircraft so that also gives a lie to what the defense ministry has been saying.”

The controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction when former French president Francois Hollande said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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