New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has decided that he would pull no punches on Rafale jets, India is buying.
Gandhi tweeted this afternoon (28 July 2018) that over the next 50 years, Indian Tax Payers will pay Rs. 100,000 Cr to “Mr 56’s friend’s JV”, to maintain 36 Rafale jets being acquired for the Indian Air Force.
The Congress President has referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as 56-inch chest has become synonymous with him, and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Chairman Anil Ambani, without directly naming them.
For the benefit of the Twitterati, and drawing widespread attention, he calls the jets to be acquired for Indian Air Force as – #RafaleScam jets, India is buying
Stating that the Defence Minister will address a press conference to deny this, the Congress president has attached a presentation to emphasise that “the truth” is in it.
The presentation underscores that Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd is the Key offset partner with Dessault Aviation for 36 Rafale Aircraft worth Rs. 30000 crore. It is the largest offset contract in India.
The scope of contract covers performace based logistics for 50 years, including maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades.
It also projects lifecycle opportunity estimated at – Rs 1 lakh crore over 50 years.
The presentation talks of Dassault and its long history with the IAF. It especially talks of Mirage 2000, a frontline fighter aircraft, and the requirement for additional 600 fighter aircraft over next 20 years valued at Rs. 3.6 lakh crore.
Anil Ambani, in a letter he wrote to Gandhi in December 2017, had defended the selection of his JV by pointing out that Reliance Defence Limited has the largest shipyard in the private sector and also that the company was engaged in building five Naval offshore patrol vessels for the Indian Navy and 14 fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard.
Ambani also conveyed to the Congress President that the Indian Government had no role in his company’s selection as a joint venture partner as it was an independent agreement between the two companies.
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