Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "betrayed" India. "Thanks to Francois Hollande, we now know he personally delivered a deal worth billions of dollars to.Anil Ambani (the billionaire chairman of Reliance Group)". The prime minister dismissed the allegations as "childish" as the program's interactions are between the governments of India and France, without any middlemen.
"The Modi government should tell why the offset contract was given to Reliance Defence. We are absolutely convinced that the Prime Minister of India is corrupt". Shah said. "Rahul baba should make his stand clear on the issue of urban Naxals to the people of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh". "The Prime Minister personally negotiated and changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors". The police claimed they had found a letter at the home of one of the arrested activists, suggesting a plot to kill Modi in his roadshows in a "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident". Modi Ji you dishonored the blood of our martyred soldiers.
"Cat's out of the Bag!"
Interestingly, on June 6, 2018, addressing a rally of farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur, the Congress chief had pegged the number at Rs 250,000 crore.
The interview was published in French and excerpts of Hollande's interview were tweeted by French Newspaper LeMonde journalist Julien Boissou. "What is the new lie that the government will put out in response to Mr Hollande?" The defence minister should resign and an investigation should be launched to find who got the Rs 36,000 crore.
"I am totally mystified by Hollande's action", a former Indian ambassador to France said. Escalation of a mere 1100 crore.
"Speculation of French Parliamentary hearing into Rafale and access to administration documents under France's Freedom of Information Law 1978 rife", Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted.
There is clear-cut corruption in the Rafale deal.
Hussain had tagged Gandhi's tweets attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal to say that they explain the "BJP-led tirade against Pakistan".
The BJP and the Congress are involved in a bitter war of words over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.
The French journal also confirmed the point first raised by Janta Ka Reporter that 'the initial price of the Rafale fighters had risen by 300% from when the very first negotiations began, while the consequences for Hindustan Aeronautics have been catastrophic'.
The statement further read, "This contract is a government-to-government agreement".
On Saturday, he addressed a news conference where he said: "What I am surprised with is that PM is completely silent". That is what the statement is saying. The report also carried this Anil Ambani quote from August: "The Ministry of Defence played no role in the selection of Indian partners by the vendor". "We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor we were given", Hollande had said.
Opponents of the Modi government had accused it of tweaking the contract to benefit a particular business house - the Reliance Defence of Anil Ambani - to be the "offset" partner of the French makers of the aircraft, Dassault Aviation. In fact, the French ministry's statement merely confirmed a part of what Hollande had purportedly said - that his government had no say in the matter.
Asked by French news website, Mediapart, "Who selected Reliance as a partner and why?"
The French security experts that Mediapart.fr spoke to expressed serious concerns on the future of the partnership between Dassault and Anil Ambani's Reliance.