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Inexperienced Ambani chosen by PM over experienced HAL: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Nanded 

Monday targeted over the Rafale deal, saying he ensured "inexperienced" industrialist Anil Ambani got it, but not state-owned HAL which made some of the planes used in the Balakot air strike.

The carried out strikes on terror camps in Balakot in February, after the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF men were killed.

Gandhi made the remarks at a rally here as he campaigned for Maharashtra who is contesting from the Nanded constituency.

The (HAL) is a state-run company that manufactures and maintains fighter planes.

"never made an but HAL knows how to make planes. They have been doing it for the last 70 years," Gandhi said.

"The planes which did the air strikes in Balakot? HAL. Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mirage, HAL is a government company and is making planes for the last 70 years," he said.

Gandhi said when he raised questions over the deal in Parliament, evaded answers on the issue.

"For one-and-a-half hours he spoke (in Parliament). He took names of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi...But could not look into the eyes of the country.

"He did not talk about the Rafale deal, Anil Ambani...Because the chowkidar (watchman) is chor (thief)," Gandhi said.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 22:20 IST