But recently former French President Francois Hollande sparked off a major political row in India with his comments to french web portal Mediapart by saying that his government had no choice in the matter since India had chosen Reliance Defence as Dassualt's partner.
"The Congress and Shri Rahul Gandhi repeat untruth several times and use brazen and abusive language about Prime Minister Narendra Modi". "Shouldn't those who were plotting to assassinate the prime minister be arrested?". While the Congress has charged DRAL with cornering the bulk of the Rafale-linked offsets, The Reliance Group has said that it benefited only from €778 million worth of business. "You had reposed faith in the prime minister and he has broken that". There should be a joint parliamentary committee formed. "We are absolutely convinced that PM of India is corrupt. Everything will be clear", Gandhi said.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to come up with a proper clarification over Rafale fighter jets controversy.
"The former French president has clearly and categorically said that the prime minister himself suggested the name of Anil Ambani's company".
"In accordance with the Indian procedure, French companies have full freedom to choose the Indian industrial partners they consider to be most pertinent and then to propose to the Indian government for approval the offset projects they want to carry out in India with local partners to respect their obligations", it added. Modi Ji you dishonored the blood of our martyred soldiers.
"The PM has betrayed India".
"Cat's out of the Bag!" Well, during the deal between French and India were on, Hollande and Ambani's got into a new deal.
"President (Former) Francois Hollande should also enlighten us how the price went up from 590 crore in 2012 to 1690 crore in 2015 per Rafale fighter jet?" Escalation of a mere 1,100 crore.
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"The fact that two sovereign heads of States negotiated a deal means that there is no room for corruption", said Sudesh Verma, BJP spokesperson.
Countering the attack, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar tweeted: "Nailing the lie on its head - misinformation about Rafale deal, Dassault being called out by the French government".
FILE PHOTO: A Rafale fighter jet performs during the Aero India air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India, February 18, 2015.
Gandhi said youth had faith in Modi. "Can the country be taken for a ride any further?"
"Not a single word from him", Mr Gandhi said at a press conference this afternoon. It was the Indian government which had proposed this service group and Dassault which negotiated with Ambani. "We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor we were given", said Hollande.
This comes a day after a French journal quoted Hollande as saying that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with the Reliance Group for the offset clause in the deal, according to an ANI report.
Reacting to Hollande's remarks, a defence ministry spokesman said, "It is reiterated that neither the government nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision". The government has been maintaining it did not have any role in selection of the offset partner by Dassault.