The Congress today alleged that fresh documents in the Rafale deal reveal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated the contract between Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence and said it is time he broke his silence on the issue.
Citing a report by French blog Portail Aviation, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it reinforced the fact that Modi “facilitated a sweetheart deal with Dassault Aviation to enormously and illegitimately benefit a crony friend”.
The French blog has put up images of documents published by two unions of Rafale-maker Dassault — the CFDT and CGT — and quoted Dassault Aviation Chief Operating Officer Loik Segalen as telling the two unions that it was “imperative” for the company to sign an agreement with Reliance Defence to get the contract for the jets.
Surjewala said the report by the French blog also corroborates former French President Francois Hollande’s assertions that the “Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault for Rafale deal and France did not have a choice”.
Observing that neither the French nor the Indian government denied the “unequivocal assertions” made by Hollande, the Congress demanded that Modi speak up on the issue.