Rahul flays Modi govt for ‘snatching’ Rafale deal

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today described Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as a “strategic asset” in aerospace and said the country owed a debt to it. Interacting with the present and former employees of the defence PSU, Rahul said the HAL contributed immensely towards the protection of the country.

Gandhi said the HAL has played a major role for “protecting us” and creating a scientific vision. “….HAL is a strategic asset in aerospace, not an ordinary or regular company,” he said at an event organised at Minsk Square near the HAL headquarters in Bengaluru.

He described HAL as a “strategic asset” in aerospace, saying the country owed a debt to it, as he stepped up his campaign against the Modi government over the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Reaching out to present and former employees of the defence PSU at an interaction with them here, Gandhi said, work done by HAL for the country was tremendous and the country owed debt to it for “protecting us” and creating a scientific vision.

“I have not come here to give a speech, I have come to listen to you,” Gandhi said, as he began his interaction with HAL employees, including some retired staff.

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