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

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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