Sanjay Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said that former French president Francois Hollande’s remarks on the Rafale aircraft deal have proved it was a “big scam”.
Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, he said, “The statement made by former French president Francois Hollande on the Rafale deal is shocking and it proves that the Rafale deal is a big scam. The Modi government should tell why the offset contract was given to Reliance Defence. Hollande’s statement proves that the Modi government favoured Reliance Defence in getting the offset contract.”
He further asked the government should reveal why the cost of Rs. 540 crore per aircraft went up to Rs. 1,670 crore and the offset contract was given to Reliance Defence, formed 12 days before the announcement of the Rafale deal.
His remark on the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France came a day after Francois Hollande was quoted by the French media as purportedly saying that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000-crore deal and France did not have a choice.