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Anil Ambani rejects Rahul Gandhi’s charge, says Centre had no role in Rafale deal

Prime News, National (Mumbai), July 26:- Billionaire industrialist Anil Ambani had rejected allegations that his Reliance Group lacked the adequate experience to get the Rafale fighter jet deal while also maintaining that the Centre had no role in French Group Dassault picking up his company as a local partner.

Anil Ambani had said this in a two-page letter addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi nearly eight months back in which sought to explain why his group bagged the multi-billion dollar project.

In the letter, written on December 12, 2017, Ambani also invoked his family’s “respectful relationship” with the Gandhi family over generations and said that he was “personally saddened” by the “unfortunate statements” against him and his group by several functionaries of the Congress party.

The letter was written by Anil – the younger brother of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani – on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls that were marked by political mud-slinging over the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In order to substantiate his claim, Anil said that the Reliance Defence has the largest shipyard in the private sector at Pipavav in Gujarat and is currently building five Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for the Indian Navy and 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard.

“The decision of the Government of India to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was made through an inter-governmental agreement signed between the two countries. Also, all these 36 aircraft are being manufactured in France and will be delivered on a ‘fly away’ basis from Dassault manufacturing facilities in France to the Indian Air Force and no Indian company has any role to play,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

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