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Rafale deal: Modi struck deal on his own, alleges Congress

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Targeting the government on the Rafale deal, the on Tuesday said even the then had no idea about it before it was announced by the

told the media that the Rafale deal was made directly by with French (Francois Hollande).

"(S. Jaishankar) had no idea about it until two days before the deal (April 8, 2015) was announced by PM Just two days before the contract was announced by Modi, the had announced that HAL is part of the contract with Aviation," he added.

Reddy asked why were (the then) Defence (Manohar Parrikar) and Foreign Secretary not taken into confidence.

"Former said he will back the deal signed by the Usually PM backs the This means that even he (Parrikar) didn't know about the deal," said Reddy.

The former Union Minister alleged that the Rafale deal was a "brazen and a gargantuan contract".

"Brazen because, none of the procedures were followed...gargantuan because, the difference between the UPA deal and the current deal is Rs 41,000 crore. Reliance company is disclosing the figures but the government doesn't. How does Reliance, which has zero experience, is undertaking this offset contract?" Reddy said.

He further said behaved like a medieval monarch, Louis XIV (of France), who said "I am the State". "Modi entered into the contract on his own".

"Like Louis XIV, he also tried to silence the opposition voice. Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) was not followed, (CCS) and the were not consulted. We do not know if the was consulted," said Reddy.

He also said: "Now their defence is -- prices have gone up because 'special equipment' have been added. However, after Modi reached an agreement with the French President, it was stated that configuration would be the same. In other words, the parameters would be the same."

Reddy further said Modi who believed in "Make in India", now believes in "Make Brokers in India".

"With this contract, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's growth will be stunted. This is a great disservice to the nation. Whenever made foreign purchase, we insisted upon transfer of technology," said Reddy.

"We needed 126 aircraft, that was the minimal requirement. Why are they now satisfied with just 36? What will happen to the rest?" he said.

He also stated that on July 14, 2015, rival company wrote to the government saying it would supply the for less than 20 per cent of the price of

"Why did the NDA government not seize the offer? We don't question the quality, it's about the price, the deal and transparency," he said.



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First Published: Tue, August 28 2018. 22:06 IST