The BJP condemned Rahul's remarks as "shameful and irresponsible" saying no president of any party has ever used such language against a prime minister. "I've gone to the Prime Minister's Office only once".
The French government and Dassault Aviation have contradicted former President Francois Hollande's claim with regard to selecting the industrial partner from India in the multi-million dollar Rafale jets deal. Defence Ministry has also issued a clarification on the matter and said that unnecessary controversies are being created following reports regarding a statement purportedly made by former French president Francois Hollande. "He has dishonored the blood of our soldiers".More news: Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina
The Narendra Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal. In a tweet sent out after the news broke, the authorised Twitter handle of the Indian Ministry of Defence said the French media reports were being verified and the Indian government did not proposed Ambani's name.
"As per the guidelines, the vendor is to provide the details of the offset partners either at the time of seeking offset credit or one year prior to discharge of offset obligation, which in this case will be due from 2020", the ministry said. "It is reiterated that neither GoI nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision". Escalation of a mere 1,100 crore. "The Modi government should tell why the offset contract was given to Reliance Defence", Singh told reporters at a press conference in Nagpur.More news: Disney Admits To Making A Mistake With Recent Star Wars Output
Opposition Campaign Congress party president Rahul Gandhi has frequently accused Modi's government of scrapping an earlier 126-jet deal negotiated by the previous Congress government in favour of a personally-negotiated deal for 36 aircraft that cost more on a per-plane basis and unduly benefited Reliance.
The Indian Express reported on August 31 that Ambani's Reliance Entertainment inked a pact with Gayet to produce a film two days before Hollande attended the Republic Day celebrations as chief guest in 2016. Modi government has denied those allegations.
"It was the Indian government that proposed this service group (Reliance), and Dassault (the French manufacturer) who negotiated with" them, Hollande said. "I am sure the Euro equivalent would not be a problem to calculate", Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted.More news: India looks to counter USA curbs on Iran oil import
The government's decision meant that the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited lost out on a lucrative joint-venture contract for the new jets, to replace India's ageing fleet of Russian aircraft.