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Rafale deal shows ‘Culture of Crony Capitalism’ of Modi Government, says Surjewala

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New Delhi, July 27 : Congress on Friday alleged that shocking details in Rafale deal scam has revealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for Crony Capitalism and shows that the scandal involves high level of “conspiracy, forgery that has caused loss to state exchequer.”

Addressing a press conference, Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government has violated all norms to benefit Reliance group and both the Prime Minister and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are  deceiving the people of the country by speaking lies publicly about the Rafale deal.

‘‘Culture of Crony Capitalism’ is the DNA of Modi Government and Art of Deceiving India’ is the Modi Government’s mantra and Rafale deal scam in the mother of all Defence deals,” Surjewala said.

Surjewala said Modi government flouted all rules and regulations  to benefit Reliance in the Rafale deal and said, “On April 10, Prime Minister Modi visits France and suddenly announces the deal for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in flyaway condition. Modi government cancelled the HAL offset work agreement and Reliance Defence Ltd, who has zero experience in manufacturing fighter jets, was given the offset contract.”

Listing out the facts, Surjewala said, “The Reliance company was floated just 10 days before the deal i.e. on 28 march 2015. While Reliance Aerostructure Ltd did not even own a land on date of acquiring license(22 Feb 2016), what is even more surprising is that RAL was incorporated on 24 Apr 2016, 14 days after the announcement of purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts.”

Stating that to hide one lie, hundreds of lies are being told by Modi government. Surjewala pointed out that for defence deals, mandatory norms are to be followed  and Modi government again violated the.

“When Defence Offset contract is signed, it requires the permission of Defence Ministry. Another important rule is, the contract should be audited by the Defence Ministry, which was not done. All these rules were violated.

Reliance Aerostructure Ltd. was given license to manufacture aircrafts but the company was only on paper, it did not even own a land,” Surejeala said while highlighting the glaring flaws in the deal.

“Another  requirement was also not fulfilled as Defence Offset Contract to Reliance Defence Ltd needs the approval of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, which was also not there,” the Congress leader said.

“This is in complete violation of guidelines. Reliance’s offset contract is Rs 30,000 Cr and a consequent life-cycle cost contract of is 1,00,000 Cr. Modi govt is peddling lies of Rs 1,30,000 Cr,” he added.

Questioning Defence Minister, Surejewala asked, “Who is lying Defence Minister or Dassault as Dassault, in its Annual Report, claimed that offset contract is being executed by Reliance. On contrary, Sitharaman has claimed in a PIB release dates 7 Feb, 2018, that offset contract has not been awarded by Dassault.”

Concluding the press briefing, he asked,” Can Reliance and Dassault Aviation sign an Offset Contract of Rs30,000 Cr without the approval of Defence Minister of India.”

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NDA govt created history in MSP hikes: Modi

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Facing protests by farmers on the three agriculture-related Bills passed by Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted that the NDA government had created history with regard to increase in MSPs of crops.

Addressing a party function held to commemorate Bharatiya Jana Sangh chief Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary, he again defended the proposed legislations and said that small farmers would benefit the most.

“Small and marginal farmers, who constitute 86 per cent of those involved in agriculture, will benefit the most from agricultural reforms and the new laws,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister exhorted BJP workers to take the message of agriculture reforms and its benefits to the Indian farmers.

He also attacked the opposition parties, adding that only empty slogans were given by previous governments in the name of farmers till now.

AS for labour reforms, he said: “Only 30 per cent workers were so far covered under the minimum wages guarantee scheme, but now it will be extended to all workers in the unorganised sector. New laws will ensure timely salary to over 50 crore workers.”

The Prime Minister said that the welfare schemes initiated by his government drew inspiration from Upadhyaya, while praising BJP workers for serving people during the coronavirus lockdown.

Amid opposition protests, Parliament has passed The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, apart from three Bills related to labour.

Source: IANS

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BharatBandh: BJP’s farm bills remind one of East India Company’s reign, says Priyanka Gandhi

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Supporting the nationwide Bharat Bandh called by farmers’ organisation on Friday to protest against the farm bills, Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi hit out at the BJP-led NDA government, saying that the bills remind one of East India Company’s reign.

“MSP will be snatched and farmers will be enslaved by the billionaires. They will neither get price nor honour. Farmers will become labourers in their own fields,” she said in a Twitter post. “We will not let this injustice (with farmers) happen,” she added.

In another post, she said that the passage of farm bills has changed the meaning of MSP from ‘Minimum Support Price’ to ‘Maximum Support in Profit’ for capitalists. “Where will the farmer go,” she added.

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Congress backs Bharat Bandh, Rahul Gandhi says new agriculture laws will ‘enslave’ farmers

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Voicing support for the Bharat Bandh call given by farmer organisations to protest the farm bills, the Congress on Friday alleged that the new agriculture laws will “enslave” farmers and the MSP will be “snatched away” from them.

Various farmer groups have called for a nationwide shutdown on Friday against the three bills, which were passed by both houses of Parliament during the Monsoon session and await presidential assent.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Randeep Surjewala spoke out against the farm bills and backed the Bharat Bandh.

“A flawed GST destroyed MSMEs. The new agriculture laws will enslave our farmers,” former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted with the hashtag ‘I Support Bharat Bandh’.

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