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Reliance dismisses Rahul's 'crony capitalist' remark against Anil Ambani

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Group on Sunday dismissed Rahul Gandhi's claim that is "a dishonest and crony capitalist." Gandhi's claims are "patently untrue statements," said a of Group.

"Rahul Gandhi, in his typical cavalier fashion has continued his campaign of calumny, disinformation, distortion and malicious lies. Yesterday, he singled out our group Anil D as allegedly a crony capitalist and dishonest -- all obviously patently untrue statements," the further said in the statement.

"As is by now, customary for all of Rahul Gandhi's public statements, he has attributed no basis to these claims whatsoever, and neither has he provided any credible evidence at all to justify his derogatory and defamatory campaign."

Group said: "We at the Reliance Group have chosen to ignore Rahul Gandhi's comments with continuing patience and restraint. We likewise dismiss his latest remark as yet another one of his multiple untruthful utterances, in the heat and dust of his electoral campaign, for which he has recently been facing contempt proceedings in the highest court of the land, the Hon'ble "

"We would like to remind Rahul Gandhi, that it was during the 10 year Congress-led UPA regime between 2004 and 2014 that Reliance Group was awarded projects of over Rs 1,00,000 crore across diverse key nation-building infrastructure sectors such as power, telecom, roads, metro by a government led by none other than Rahul Gandhi's own political party - the Congress," said the spokesperson.

"The Reliance Group takes this opportunity to request to clarify whether his government, for 10 long years, was supporting an alleged crony capitalist and dishonest businessman, to use Mr Gandhi's own words," the spokesperson said.

Gandhi has repeatedly levelled allegations against the BJP government for alleged wrongdoings in the Rafale deal and has accused directly of corruption, which the ruling party has outrightly denied.

The has alleged that Modi conducted "parallel negotiations" and cancelled the previous deal agreed by the UPA government, and gave firm's the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 crore.

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First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 18:49 IST