RG at­tacks Amazon and Am­bani, again

Ac­cuses govt of giv­ing lee­way to crony cap­i­tal­ists

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Manan Ku­mar

New Delhi: Launch­ing a no holds barred at­tack on the gov­ern­ment, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Thurs­day ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of giv­ing an open lee­way to Amazon, Am­bani and crony cap­i­tal­ists. Chal­leng­ing Anil Am­bani to slap any num­ber of defama­tion no­tices against the Congress, Gandhi al­leged that Am­bani opened his com­pany a few days be­fore get­ting the Rafale con­tract in spite of hav­ing no ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing air­craft and de­spite be­ing in a debt of Rs 45,000 crore.

Gandhi also ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of ly­ing for say­ing that the price of Rafale may seem higher than the UPA deal but is in fact 20 per cent cheaper as the gov­ern­ment ne­go­ti­ated for a fully op­er­a­tional and weapon loaded air­craft.

Pro­duc­ing a copy of the In­dia-France joint state­ment, Gandhi said, “It says, lis­ten care­fully, that the air­craft and as­so­ci­ated sys­tems and weapons would be de­liv­ered on the same con­fig­u­ra­tion as had been tested and ap­proved by the In­dian Air Force.”

“This point that the con­fig­u­ra­tion will be the same is writ­ten in the joint state­ment signed by the PM. But the PM is say­ing some­thing else. Does this mean that the per­son who gave this state­ment sit­ting along­side Hol­lande (former French pres­i­dent) was not Naren­dra Modi? When it is clearly writ­ten that it is go­ing to be the same con­fig­u­ra­tion means that this man is ly­ing,” Gandhi said.

All the de­mon­e­tised cur­rency is back. The GDP is down by 2 per cent. None of the stated ob­jec­tives has been achieved Rahul Gandhi, Congress pres­i­dent

Re­ply­ing to fi­nance Arun Jait­ley’s blog in which he dubbed Gandhi of in­dulging in a ‘kinder­garten de­bate’ on the Rafale deal and asked him 15 ques­tions, Gandhi said, “He has the lib­erty to ask more ques­tions. But I gave him an op­tion to ask ques­tions in a joint par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee. It will lay bare what hap­pened in Rafale deal. No­body has any ob­jec­tion then why not hold a JPC?”

Equipped with fresh RBI data re­veal­ing 99.3 de­mon­e­tized cur­rency notes are back, Gandhi di­rectly ac­cused PM of car­ry­ing out de­mon­eti­sa­tion to help Amazon es­tab­lish busi­ness in In­dia and to serve the in­ter­ests of a co­terie of his 15-20 crony cap­i­tal­ist friends.

“All the de­mon­e­tised cur­rency is back. The GDP is down by 2 per cent. None of the stated ob­jec­tives has been achieved. Now, PM Modi needs to an­swer why did he hurt In­dia so badly?” Gandhi said.

“It is a clear case. PM Modi wanted to help top 20 crony cap­i­tal­ists who had huge NPAs. From one hand he took away the money from the pock­ets of small busi­ness­men, work­ers, house­wives and farm­ers through de­mon­eti­sa­tion and gave it to his crony cap­i­tal­ist friends,” he added.

—BB YA­DAV/DNA

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi at a press con­fer­ence at AICC head­quar­ters in New Delhi on Thurs­day

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