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  • Rafale deal: Rahul’s ‘Sholay’ dig at Modi-Ambani ‘dosti’

    New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday used a popular song from Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay” to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “proximity” to industrialist Anil Ambani. Gandhi used the hit song, “Ye dosti hum nahin todenge”, from the film, using the pictures of Modi and Ambani, whose company, according to the Congress chief, had received the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 crore in the Rafale deal.

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    Modi’s cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk: Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Modi for risking the lives of the IAF pilots by delaying the purchase of the Rafale fighter jets and making a new deal that will take years for the aircraft to arrive in India. In a Facebook statement, he said: “Since 2014, instead of taking to closure deals that had been negotiated by the UPA Govt, the present Govt has focused

  • NDA’s re-negotiated Rafale deal has put pilots’ lives at risk: Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Modi government over the Rafale issue alleging that Indian pilots were at risk flying the “ancient” Jaguars due to the NDA renegotiating the Rafale aircraft deal that did not allow transfer of technology to the country. In a Facebook post, Gandhi alleged the NDA renegotiated the UPA deal to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India’s prestige globally.

  • Break silence on Rafale deal, Congress tells PM

    New Delhi : The Congress once again asked Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday to tell the truth of the Rafale fighter jet deal, asserting that he is silent since he is really guilty of brokering the biggest defence deal and the lid is now off his “sweetheart deal” with not one but three evidences in a row. Party chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government is itself caught into the

  • Fresh twist to Rafale deal

    Paris: A French journalist has posted a document which indicates that the top management of Dassault Aviation had explained to the confederation of French trade unions as to why a joint  venture with an Indian company was mandatory “in  the context of the ‘Make in India’ clause. Yves Pagot — a Paris-based researcher, former Air Force official and defence writer — has published what he claims to be the ‘internal’ document presented

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    Shatrughan Sinha criticises BJP government over Rafale deal

    Muzaffarnagar: Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha criticised the BJP government at the Centre over the Rafale deal. He said a French publication had quoted former French president Francois Hollande as saying that the Indian government had proposed Reliance Defence as a partner for the French aerospace major Dassault Aviation for the deal.

  • PM Narendra Modi has much to hide about Rafale deal: Congress

    New Delhi: Continuing with its campaign against the government over the Rafale deal, the Congress Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was directly involved in it, adding that he had much to hide about it. Questioning Modi’s silence over the deal, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed that only the prime minister was aware that the offset contracts would not be given to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

  • Mumbai: Rafale the largest defence scam, says Bhushan; files complaint with CBI

    Mumbai: Calling the Rafale deal the “largest defence scam” in the country, Advocate Prashant Bhushan said Saturday that the he hoped that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will act upon the complaint made by him and two others against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in the case, and register a Preliminary Enquiry, or an FIR. Bhushan said that if the CBI failed to follow due process, he will then take

  • HAL a ‘strategic asset’, says Rahul Gandhi as he steps attack over Rafale deal

    Bengaluru: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today 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

  • Amid Rafale row, Congress president Rahul Gandhi to meet HAL employees in Bengaluru

    New Delhi: Standing in support of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Congress president Rahul Gandhi will Saturday meet the employees of the public sector unit outside its headquarters in Bengaluru. The Gandhi scion said there was a need to “defend the dignity of India’s defenders” as he accused the Narendra Modi government of “snatching” the Rafale offset contract from HAL and “gifting” it to Anil Ambani’s company.

  • Nirmala Sitharaman visits Rafale jets manufacturing facility in France

    Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris where the Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, official sources said. They said during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, and took stock of progress in production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin

  • Nirmala Sitharaman visits Rafale manufacturing facility in France

    Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris where the Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, official sources said. They said during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, and took stock of progress in production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin

  • Supreme Court direction rattles Modi government

    The Supreme Court’s Directive to the Modi Government on October 10 asking it to provide the details of the decision making process on the Rafale deal to the Court in a sealed cover by October 29, has rattled the Modi Government. The Prime Minister’s Office which in fact spearheaded the revised agreement that was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 10, 2015 in Paris is in jitters as the entire

  • Offset clause was a must, not firm’s name: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Paris/New Delhi: In France, on a three-day visit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has refuted Congress allegations that she has gone on a cover-up operation and insisted that the government had no part in the selection of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as a joint venture partner in the Rafale deal.

  • Rahul Gandhi accuses Narendra Modi of corruption in Rafale deal, seeks probe

    New Delhi: Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged on Thursday that he was a “corrupt man” who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase of the fighter aircraft. Gandhi demanded an investigation against the prime minister.

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