Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked his party colleagues to neither fear nor stop fighting against the “corrupt” central government as the truth is with him at every step. Rahul Gandhi’s this came after a report by French portal Mediapart regarding the Rafale deal. However, so far no response has been received from the Ministry of Defense or Dassault Aviation on this report. But once again politics has intensified on this issue.
In fact, the French publication Mediapart has claimed in its report that Dassault Aviation had bribed a middleman named Sushen Gupta for this deal, 7.5 million euros i.e. 65 crores. Rahul Gandhi tweeted and wrote, ‘When the truth is with you at every step, then what is there to worry about? My Congress colleagues – keep fighting like this against the corrupt central government. Don’t wait, don’t get tired, don’t be afraid!’ Along with this, Rahul Gandhi has also used the Rafale scam hashtag in his tweet. Mediapart has said in its report regarding Rafale that Dassault Aviation paid bribes to middlemen in Mauritius between 2007 and 2012.
There is a deal to buy 36 Rafale
Mediapart reported in July that a French judge has been appointed to lead a sensitive judicial probe into suspected corruption and favoritism in the Rs 59,000-crore inter-governmental deal with India for the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The NDA government at the Center on 23 September 2016 signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation for the Indian Air Force.
What is the charge of Congress?
The Congress has been attacking the central government from the very beginning on this issue and has alleged huge irregularities in the deal. The Congress alleges that the present government is giving Rs 1,670 crore to buy each aircraft as against Rs 526 crore finalized for the deal by the UPA government. Even before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had raised many questions about the deal and alleged corruption, but the government had dismissed all the allegations.