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Tax concession by France to Anil Ambani' firm is 'Modi kripa', says Cong in fresh salvo over Rafale

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Firing a fresh salvo against on Rafale issue, the today alleged that the reported tax waiver by to a of Anil Ambani's company in 2015 months after announced the fighter jet deal was due to "blessings" of who had acted as a "middleman" for the

"This is called zero sum choices, startling tax concession and 'kripa' (blessings)," Congress' told reporters here while referring to a French newspaper report that waived taxes worth 143.7 million euros of the Reliance Communications' subsidiary.

He claimed the "layers of crony capitalism" involving Modi and Ambani are now being unveiled.

"PM Modi is acting as middleman for How many other companies in have got a tax benefit? Is this not a quid pro quo for the purchase of It is clear only one watchman is the thief," Surjewala said.

"Those that have Modi's blessings can get anything. If Modiji is there, then it is possibile. (Modi ji ki kripa jispar ho jaye uska kuch bhi ho sakta hai, Modi hai to mumkin hai)," he said taunting the BJP with its poll slogan.

In its reaction, has rejected any wrongdoing and said the tax dispute was settled under legal framework which is available for all companies operating in France.

French newspaper said the French tax authorities accepted 7.3 million euros from Reliance Flag Atlantic France as a settlement as against original demand of 151 million euros. Reliance Flag owns a and other in France.

Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after talks with the then French on April 10, 2015 in The final deal was sealed on September 23, 2016.

The has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the government was procuring each at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalised by the when it was negotiating the deal.

The government and the BJP have maintained that there has been no wrongdoing in the deal.

Surjewala said Saturday that "was granted a tax waiver of nearly 144 million euros, layers of corruption in the Rafale deal, signed by PM Modi, are now apparent."

"How does Modiji's friend only get these benefits? That too a company which has virtually no business?" he asked.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:10 IST