Congress party president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that his friends raced to find strategic partners after the government re-tendered $15 billion fighter jet deal.
Gandhi was citing a media report which stated that India was seeking over 100 new fighter jets in the world's largest deal.“Modi Scam Alert! $15 Billion fighter jet deal re-tendered. PM's friends race to tie up strategic partners. Rafale, 40,000 crore loss to exchequer was 'Sayonara' money to French, so PM could re-tender contract and favour friends,” he tweeted.
Gandhi had earlier alleged that the Rafale deal was a scam as the dispensation was not disclosing details of the deal and was neither making public the price of the aircraft .Gandhi also accused Modi of helping his friends in the defence sector get the contract without any experience after ignoring the public-sector HAL.
Initially, HAL was to make the Rafale jets indigenously in transfer of technology.
The Congress had also alleged that the government had brought the aircraft at thrice the price that the UPA regime had negotiated with the French company.