Rahul backs HAL, a strate­gic as­set

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency inputs BENGALURU, OCT. 13

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Sat­ur­day de­scribed HAL as a “strate­gic as­set” in aero­space, say­ing the coun­try owed a debt to it, as he stepped up his cam­paign against the Modi gov­ern­ment over the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Reach­ing out to present and for­mer em­ploy­ees of the de­fence PSU at an in­ter­ac­tion with them here, Mr Gandhi said that the work done by HAL for the coun­try was tremen­dous and the coun­try owed debt to it for “pro­tect­ing us” and cre­at­ing a sci­en­tific vi­sion.

“HAL is a strate­gic as­set in aero­space, not an or­di­nary or reg­u­lar com­pany,” he said at the event or­gan­ised at Minsk Square near the HAL head quar­ters.

He said he was in­ter­act­ing with the em­ploy­ees to un­der­stand how to make “this strate­gic as­set” (HAL) more ef­fec­tive “so that when we come to power, we will do it more ag­gres­sively.”

Mr Gandhi’s in­ter­ac­tion is part of his on­slaught against the Modi gov­ern­ment over the Rafale deal in which he al­leges HAL had been over­looked in the off­sets con­tracts with Das­sault Avi­a­tion pre­fer­ring Anil Am­bani’s com­pany.

Rahul Gandhi

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