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Cong-BJP tussle over Rafale turns uglier

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 - The war of words between the Congress and the BJP over the Rafale issue turned uglier on Tuesday as Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of �treason� and acting as Anil Ambani�s middleman, prompting the ruling party to claim that he worked as a lobbyist for foreign firms.

The Gandhi family has a history of �looting� the country, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a counter-attack, adding that it was height of �shamelessness and irresponsibility� that the Congress president �abused� the �honest� Prime Minister Modi.

Firing a fresh salvo at Modi, Gandhi released to the media an email dated March 28, 2015 purportedly written by Airbus executive Nicolas Chamussy to three recipients with the subject line �Ambani�.

Quoting from the email, Gandhi claimed that Ambani was aware in advance of the Rafale deal before India and France announced it in 2015 during Modi�s visit to the country and said that it was in violation of the Official Secrets Act. Modi�s action �puts him in jail�, he said.

Dubbing Gandhi a �lying machine�, Prasad asserted that the email referred to a chopper deal and not the Rafale purchase and also put Airbus in a dock by saying that it is under a needle of suspicion in several deals signed during the UPA era.

Reacting to Gandhi�s claim, Ambani�s Reliance Defence said the �proposed MoU� mentioned in the email cited by him was a reference to its cooperation with Airbus Helicopter and had �no connection� with the fighter jet contract.

In its response to Prasad�s remarks against Airbus, its spokesperson said, �We do not comment on any ongoing investigation. We have cooperated with the Indian authorities in the past and will continue to do so.�

At his press conference, Gandhi claimed the email showed Ambani visited then French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian�s office and mentioned an �MoU in preparation and the intention to sign during the PM visit (to France)�.

The Congress president asked how Ambani knew about the deal and mentioned it in the French defence minister�s office when even then foreign secretary S Jaishankar and then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had no information on it. � PTI

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Cong-BJP tussle over Rafale turns uglier

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 - The war of words between the Congress and the BJP over the Rafale issue turned uglier on Tuesday as Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of �treason� and acting as Anil Ambani�s middleman, prompting the ruling party to claim that he worked as a lobbyist for foreign firms.

The Gandhi family has a history of �looting� the country, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a counter-attack, adding that it was height of �shamelessness and irresponsibility� that the Congress president �abused� the �honest� Prime Minister Modi.

Firing a fresh salvo at Modi, Gandhi released to the media an email dated March 28, 2015 purportedly written by Airbus executive Nicolas Chamussy to three recipients with the subject line �Ambani�.

Quoting from the email, Gandhi claimed that Ambani was aware in advance of the Rafale deal before India and France announced it in 2015 during Modi�s visit to the country and said that it was in violation of the Official Secrets Act. Modi�s action �puts him in jail�, he said.

Dubbing Gandhi a �lying machine�, Prasad asserted that the email referred to a chopper deal and not the Rafale purchase and also put Airbus in a dock by saying that it is under a needle of suspicion in several deals signed during the UPA era.

Reacting to Gandhi�s claim, Ambani�s Reliance Defence said the �proposed MoU� mentioned in the email cited by him was a reference to its cooperation with Airbus Helicopter and had �no connection� with the fighter jet contract.

In its response to Prasad�s remarks against Airbus, its spokesperson said, �We do not comment on any ongoing investigation. We have cooperated with the Indian authorities in the past and will continue to do so.�

At his press conference, Gandhi claimed the email showed Ambani visited then French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian�s office and mentioned an �MoU in preparation and the intention to sign during the PM visit (to France)�.

The Congress president asked how Ambani knew about the deal and mentioned it in the French defence minister�s office when even then foreign secretary S Jaishankar and then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had no information on it. � PTI