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  • A new twist in Rafale deal

    A new angle has emerged in the on-going Rafale controversy. It is claimed the reason why Rahul Gandhi is so worked up over the deal is due to the denial of the offsets contract, which went to Anil Ambani’s newly floated company, to brother-in-law Robert Vadra’s close business associate, Sanjay Bhandari. Bhandari, who fled the country after the Enforcement Directorate and other agencies launched investigations in his murky dealings, was a Delhi-based

  • Vadra, Bhandari link real reason behind Rafale deal cancellation: BJP

    NEW DELHI: Stepping up the attack on the Congress, BJP on Tuesday said that there was a nexus between Rahul Gandhi’s brother in law Robert Vadra and arms dealer and middleman Sanjay Bhandari due to which the Rafale deal with French firm was cancelled in 2012.

  • AAP leader sends legal notice to Nirmala Sitharaman over Rafale, demands scrapping of fighter jets deal

    New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said Tuesday he had sent a legal notice to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal. In the notice, the AAP leader demanded that the Rafale deal be scrapped and Dassault Reliance Aerospace be barred from handling or manufacturing Rafale fighter jets. He also sought a probe by a Supreme

  • Narendra Modi in MP: Congress finds mud-slinging easier than debating development

    Bhopal: The Congress is indulging in mud-slinging against the government because it finds it easier than debating on issues like development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday, in an apparent reference to allegations on the Rafale fighter deal. Addressing a rally here, he mocked Congress, saying the 125-year-old party has been reduced to such a condition that it is “begging” with small parties for alliances. He said even

  • We will show that PM Modi is not a gatekeeper, but a burglar: Rahul Gandhi on Rafale deal

    Amethi: Adding to the controversy surrounding the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the “fun has just begun” and in coming months his party will expose how every initiative under the Narendra Modi government is an act of theft. Continuing his tirade against the government over the Rafale fighter-jet deal, Gandhi stated that Prime Minister Modi has aided corruption by favouring

  • A twist in the Rafale story

    The latest turn in the Rafale story has come from Paris. Former French president Francois Hollande has said that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was chosen by Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale fighter aircraft, at the instance of the Modi Government. The Defence Ministry has denied the claim. The facts suggest that Hollande might be desperate to shift the blame. A quid pro quo arrangement is stark clear here. It is

  • Why did Dassault choose Anil Ambani’s firm as partner?

    Last week, India’s defence ministry said “the government has stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner” of Dassault Aviation. Ironically, the French government, too, said it had no role in choice of Indian partner.  If both the statements are valid, the question is: who pushed the name of highly debt-ridden Anil Ambani’s inexperienced Reliance Defence for the job? In

  • Why we chose Anil Ambani: Dassault

    NEW DELHI: Dassault picked Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden firm as a partner in India, “because it was registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and had land in Nagpur which provided access to the runway,” said top sources at the French firm, speaking to NDTV on the condition of anonymity. Dassault sources also told NDTV that they began engaging with Anil Ambani after the defence manufacturing company “changed hands” and was handed over

  • Rafale deal: Dassault boss said HAL deal nearly thru

    New Delhi: The latest in the Rafale soap opera is a video of the Chairman of Dassault — the company that manufacturers Rafale — saying the company’s deal with Hindustan Aeronautics to manufacture aircraft in India was almost through. Dassault chief Eric Trappier was speaking on March 25, 2015, in the presence of the IAF and HAL officers.

  • Rafale deal: UPA government cancelled deal as Robert Vadra’s company not accepted as middleman, says BJP

    New Delhi: Giving a new twist, the BJP on Monday sought to drag Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law and businessman Robert Vadra into the Rafale controversy by alleging that the previous UPA government had cancelled the fighter jets deal with France as Vadra’s company was not accepted as the “middleman”. “You must have heard the name of Sanjay Bhandari, who works as middleman in defence deals. His name had earlier appeared in how he arranged

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    ‘Can’t teach lessons to us on nationalism; answer questions raised’: Congress

    New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of deflecting the country’s attention from key issues like “corruption” in the Rafale deal by raising the issue of Pakistan. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala charged that “an unnerved, frustrated and worried Modi government is now seeking shelter of Pakistan to deflect attention of the country” as it was faced with corruption “exposed” in the Rafale scam.

  • Congress leaders meets CVC on Rafale deal, seeks registration of corruption case

    New Delhi: A delegation of senior Congress leaders met the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on Monday and demanded registration of a case in alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal. The meeting comes days after a Congress delegation met the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and urged the apex auditor to prepare a report on the alleged irregularities in the deal and present it in Parliament.

  • BJP LAMBASTS RAHUL FOR ABUSING MODI

     New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday lambasted Rahul Gandhi for abusing PM Modi, with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asking him not to play with the country’s future. Asserting at a press conference at the BJP headquarters that Modi was “a symbol of honesty,” Prasad accused Congress of corruption in the Rafale deal during the UPA government. “Congress tried to renegotiate the deal in 2012 for kickbacks,” he claimed.

  • Dassault’s deal with Anil Ambani dates back to 2012: Defence Ministry

    New Delhi : In a bid to absolve PM Modi of securing the Rafale offset contract to Anil Ambani as alleged by former France President, the Defence Ministry on Saturday clarified that the aircraft’s manufacturer Dassault Aviation, had entered into a pact for partnership with Ambani”s Reliance Industries back in February 2012, “within two weeks of being declared the lowest bidder for 126 aircraft” by the previous government.

  • Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi says former French President Francois Hollande has called Modi a thief, PM should reply

    New Delhi: Ratcheting up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said former French President Francois Hollande has called him a “thief” in the Rafale deal and sought a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the issue. Addressing a press conference a day after Hollande had said that the French government had no role in making a private Indian firm get the offset contract, Gandhi questioned Modi’s