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Rafale jet row: PM acting like Anil Ambani’s middleman, says Rahul Gandhi

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), February 12:-Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a press conference in Delhi, accusing him for acting like a middleman of businessman Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal after a media report stated that Ambani met French defence officials before the PM announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France.

Gandhi’s attack came a day after the CAG report on the controversial 2015 Rafale jet deal was submitted to the government. The Congress, claiming that CAG Rajiv Mehrishi has conflict of interest, says the document will “not be worth” the paper it is written on if the “overt acts of malfeasance” in the contract are ignored in it.

The opposition had turned up the heat on the Narendra Modi government ahead of elections after media reports said the Rafale deal between India and France involved “major and unprecedented” concessions from the Indian government.

Former minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has also alleged conflict of interest on the part of CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, asking him to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated.

Kapil Sabil in a tweet has once again launching an attack at the centre tweeted; “It seems Airbus , French Government , Anil Ambani all knew that the PM will sign an MOU on his visit to France between 9th and 11th April , 2015 ,” he writes, along with an attachment of a mail that spells out the details. “The government’s lies are now exposed,” he adds.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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