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Rahul launches party campaign in Rajasthan, targets PM on Rafale again

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

today targeted again on the Rafale deal as he launched his party's campaign for the assembly pols later this year in

Directly accusing of corruption in the deal for the French fighter planes, he said the had favoured his friend by getting him the contract.

The reference was to the business that foreign manufacturers are required to bring to Indian firms when a defence deal is signed with the government, under the country's offset policy.

Ambani has already rejected Rahul Gandhi's allegations and emphasised that the government had no role in the Rafale-French firm picking up his company as a local partner.

had signed an inter-governmental agreement with in 2015 for the procurement of 36 Rafale planes.

In his address to party workers at the Ramlila grounds here, Gandhi claimed that the Rafale deal had snatched job opportunities from young Indians, including engineers, as the planes will be manufactured abroad.

Gandhi said the price of the Rafale plane fixed now is about "three times" the amount agreed upon during the previous Congress-led government.

He said this corruption by will become apparent over time.

The claimed that only 450 youths got employment in the country every day while was creating jobs for 50,000 people every 24 hours.

Our youths more honest, capable and stronger than the Chinese but it is a matter of shame that despite having almost equal population, they are getting fewer job opportunities, he said.

He questioned why Rs 2,30,000 crore could be written off as bad loans to 15 or 20 big industrialists, but the government could not help debt-ridden farmers.

When farmers are unable to pay back their loans, they are called defaulters and are jailed. But bad debts of big industrialists are called non-performing assets (NPA), he said.

He also accused the government of failing to ensure the safety of women.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:30 IST