Monday, October 1, 2018

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says Rafale deal is 'father of Bofors scam', hails Rahul Gandhi for repeatedly speaking about issue

Mumbai: Senior knife Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday represented the contentious Rafale deal because the "father of Bofors" and aforementioned Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's importance within the country's politics had magnified once repeatedly speaking against the deal.

In a piece in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Raut aforementioned those that defendant Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's relatives of receiving kickbacks price Rs sixty five large integer within the Bofors deal were in power currently. "Today, they're defendant of pocketing Rs 700 large integer within the Rafale jet deal. Rafale is that the father of Bofors."

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Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party over Francois Hollande's reported  claims on the deal, the Sena MP questioned if the previous French president would be dubbed a supporter of the Congress president or associate "anti-national".

On twenty one Sep, a French media report quoted Hollande as supposedly expression the Indian government projected Reliance Defence as associate offset partner for Rafale maker Dassault Aviation within the Rs fifty eight,000-crore deal and France didn't have a selection.

"The question isn't that Anil Ambani was given the contract for the fighter jets, but, as against the worth of Rs 527 large integer for every jet, the deal was done at Rs one,570 large integer throughout (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government's tenure. this implies middlemen got a commission of regarding Rs one,000 large integer per jet," the Sena leader aforementioned.

Raut termed it laughable the BJP's allegations that Gandhi's criticism of the deal was reminiscent of "speaking within the words of Asian nation and helping" the neighbor country. "The same allegations were levelled against the Congress throughout the Bofors deal (in late 1980s). Was it then not serving to Pakistan? Those in power term Bofors a scandal... However, they're not able to believe Rafale is additionally a scam."

"In the country, solely Rahul Gandhi was speaking against the Rafale deal, whereas all different political parties unbroken mum. Thus, Rahul is currently obtaining additional importance within the politics of the state," the Rajya Sabha MP aforementioned.

Raut was apprehensive that the govt would attempt to bring curtains down on the arguing by shifting the public's attention to problems like Ram temple and Hindu-Muslim. He alleged that a method was on to fool everyone on the deal and therefore the government and BJP spokespersons were having to talk a "100 lies to cover one lie".

"Nothing associated with security deals area unit hidden any longer. Thus, there's no purpose in not revealing details within the name of (national) security. Defence deals haven't been brought underneath the orbit of the RTI, nevertheless this Rafale came out," he added.

Led by the Congress, the Opposition parties are offensive the BJP government over the Rafale deal, alleging it absolutely was procuring thirty six Rafale jets from France at associate usuriously high price.

The government has denied the charge, difference of opinion that it absolutely was obtaining the jets cheaper than what the previous UPA dispensation had negotiated. Anil Ambani had contended that the Indian government had no role in Dassault finding out his company as a neighborhood partner.

The knife Sena is a component of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and conjointly in geographic area. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has usually criticised the Modi government over its policies and different problems.

Updated Date: Oct 01, 2018 08:40 AM

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