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Rahul on Rafale deal: Modi corrupt, Sitharaman's France visit huge cover-up

Rahul Gandhi described Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's trip to France as part of a 'huge cover-up' by the government

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi | PTI photo

Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister over the Rafale deal, president alleged on Thursday that he was a "corrupt man" who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 300 billion in the purchase of the fighter aircraft.

Gandhi demanded an investigation against the prime minister.

The president also described Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's trip to France as part of a "huge cover-up" by the government.

His attack at the government came a press conference following a report in the French media that Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, had to choose Ambani's firm Reliance Defence as its offsets partner in India as a trade-off for getting the deal.

The government has been insisting that it had no role in the Dassault's choice of Reliance Defence.

Dassault Aviation said in a statement that it has "freely chosen to make a partnership with India's Reliance Group".

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 13:43 IST
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