Rahul at HAL: How do you feel...

The Asian Age - - Na­tion -

con­tract pro­posal.” Clev­erly evad­ing di­rect re­sponse on the fu­ture of con­tract be­tween Das­sault with the Am­bani, he quickly added that if the UPA comes to power, the Con­gress will al­ways pro­tect in­ter­ests of na­tion build­ing in­sti­tutes like HAL.

Mr Gandhi told re­porters that de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man talked about lack of ex­pe­ri­ence of HAL, but had not said any­thing about the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence of Mr Am­bani, “who has never built a plane in his life”.

” HAL has no debt, he has ` 45,000 crore of debt. HAL has been work­ing for 78 years. His com­pany has been work­ing for 12 days. So she has no com­ment about the per­son who got the con­tract. She has to com­ment about HAL’s ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Mr Gandhi de­manded to know why the or­der was be­ing taken away from HAL when it had all the ex­pe­ri­ence. “Why hasn’t the work been given to them? Why is HAL be­ing de­stroyed by Anil Am­bani... that is the ques­tion.”

” By rais­ing ques­tions about ca­pa­bil­i­ties of HAL and its em­ploy­ees, she has cer­tainly in­sulted the HAL and its em­ploy­ees. Can we ex­pect an apol­ogy from her on this, def­i­nitely no, as I know for the sure, that she will never apol­ogy for her un­savoury re­marks on th­ese na­tion build­ing in­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

On al­leged cor­rup­tion, he said HAL is one of the “mod­ern tem­ples” of In­dia and it was be­ing de­stroyed “be­cause of cor­rup­tion that Naren­dra Modi is do­ing to help Anil Am­bani. We are here to de­fend the peo­ple who are de­fend­ing the na­tion. From the gov­ern­ment, we have to de­fend HAL,” he said.

Mr Gandhi charged that Ms Sithara­man has gone to France just to cover this up. “She is ly­ing, when she is talk­ing about the Rafale deal. France’s former Pres­i­dent has al­ready gone on the record stat­ing that Mr Modi him­self and the Union gov­ern­ment was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting con­tract for Mr Am­bani. Even the me­dia in France has ex­posed the Das­sault in­ter­nal doc­u­ment, which clearly in­dicts Mr Modi and Mr Am­bani. There­fore, Ms Sithara­man’s cover- up ef­forts may not yield de­sired,” he said.

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