New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over the controversial Rafale deal in which the offset contract was not given to public sector HAL, saying that his party will bring to justice all those who “dishonoured and stole.”
“To every Air Force officer and jawan who has served India. To the family of every martyred Indian fighter pilot. To every person who ever worked for HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). We hear your pain. We understand how you feel. We will bring to justice all those who dishonoured and stole from you,” Gandhi tweeted.
The Congress chief’s remarks came amid the raging controversy over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from the French firm Dassault Aviation after former French President Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government suggested a private firm for the offset contract.
Hollande has said that the Indian firm had been suggested by the Indian government for the Rs 30,000 crore offset contract and the French side including Rafale maker Dassault Aviation had “no choice” in it.
The Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in crony capitalism apart from violating procedures in the Rafale deal.
The Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.