Rafale deal in in­ter­est of na­tional se­cu­rity, says Piyush Goyal

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Union Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal on Fri­day called Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi a “se­rial liar” and de­scribed the pur­chase of Rafale jets as an im­por­tant de­ci­sion by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi “in the pub­lic in­ter­est to boost na­tional se­cu­rity”.

Rahul Gandhi had quoted the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Das­sault: “It was im­per­a­tive and oblig­a­tory for Das­sault Avi­a­tion to ac­cept this com­pen­sa­tion in or­der to ob­tain the Rafale In­dia ex­port con­tract.”

Gandhi de­scribed the al­liance be­tween Re­liance Group and Das­sault as a “com­pen­sa­tion” for the pur­chase of Rafale. Fol­low­ing this, Das­sault Avi­a­tion CEO Eric Tap­pier said Re­liance rep­re­sents 10 per cent of the off­set in­vest­ments un­der the Rafale deal. Piyush Goyal, Min­is­ter for Power and Coal

Piyush Goyal quoted the Das­sault CEO to as­sert that they chose Re­liance “out of their own vo­li­tion” and in any case, Re­liance is only 10 per cent of the off­sets. The Min­is­ter said off­sets com­prise a whole range of obli­ga­tions and Das­sault will ne­go­ti­ate in­de­pen­dently.

“The CEO of Das­sault Avi­a­tion has clar­i­fied that since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of off­sets was an obli­ga­tion, they chose the part­ners to im­ple­ment the off­sets. Off­sets have noth­ing to do with the cur­rent sup­ply of air­craft. The CEO has con­firmed that they chose a par­tic­u­lar com­pany out of their own vo­li­tion,” said Goyal.

“Mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions are be­ing made of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the labour union of the com­pany that un­der the off­sets, we are obliged to man­u­fac­ture com­po­nents in In­dia. Merely ten per cent of the Das­sault ven­ture will be made by this com­pany (Re­liance). There are other com­pa­nies such as DRDO.”

Goyal la­belled Rahul Gandhi a “se­rial liar” who is mis­rep­re­sent­ing facts on Rafale deal.

“We have of late been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of a se­rial liar. The coun­try’s na­tional in­ter­est and se­cu­rity is para­mount. The gov­ern­ment ex­pe­dited the pur­chase of cru­cial de­fence equip­ment and ne­go­ti­ated terms far bet­ter than UPA,” said Goyal.

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