【New Delhi】The Congress on August 29 alleged a "direct deal" between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Anil Ambani on the Rafale jet contract, saying Modi acted like "medieval monarch" in signing the deal after "bypassing" laid procedures. The opposition party also dared the government to move the court against the allegations, saying it will be forced to reveal the details of the deal which it is hiding.
The government has denied the allegations while Anil Ambani's Reliance group has already slapped "Cease and Desist" notices on many Congress leaders asking them not to make false and defamatory statements.
However, the Congress has continued its relentless assault over the Rafale deal to corner the government in the run up to next general elections especially as Modi government has often cited a corruption-free administration as one its achievements after several alleged scams came to light during the Congress-led UPA rule.
Congress spokesperson Jaipal Reddy alleged that prime minister bypassed established procedures for defence procurement just to benefit his industrialist friend, "who was the only one except Modi" to know of the deal in advance as he set up his company only a few days before. "In my well considered view, it is a direct deal between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani," he told reporters.
○As political slugfest on Rafale deal gets murkier, Anil Ambani says truth will prevail
【New Delhi】On a day when finance minister Arun Jaitley and Congress president Rahul Gandhi traded fresh charges on the Rafale deal, Anil Ambani, who has won the controversial contract from the French firm, said on August 29 "truth will prevail."
Terming the allegations as "baseless, ill-informed and unfortunate," Ambani said, "truth alone will prevail" as the charges are driven by "malicious vested interests and corporate rivals" Ambani was responding to a question from the media as to why he chose to exclude the Congress president in the Rs 5,000-crore defamation case filed by his company on the Rafale deal.
"I have personally written to Gandhi stating that the Congress has been misinformed, misdirected and misled on the Rafale deal by malicious vested interest and corporate rivals," he told reporters after announcing completion of the sale of RInfra's power business in Mumbai to the Adani group for Rs 18,800-crore.
Parrying another question whether if need be would he file a defamation case against Gandhi as well in the case, he said "all the allegations are as baseless, ill-informed and unfortunate."
In a series of exchanges between, Jaitley and Gandhi accused each other with the former calling the latter as "peddling in untruth", and the latter responding by terming it as "the great robbery".
Rafale a 'direct deal' between PM Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani: Congress
As political slugfest on Rafale deal gets murkier, Anil Ambani says truth will prevail
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