In an exclusive interview with Republic Bharat's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, Air Marshal SBP Sinha, who headed the Indian Negotiation Team for the Rafale deal made confounding disclosures exposing Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his fake news stories on the government-to-government Rafale deal. The sustained effort by Rahul Gandhi to lie his way through making a 'scam' of the Rafale fighter jet deal between the Indian government and French government hit a brick wall on Friday, as a newspaper report he had upheld to make his point turned out to be a fatal piece of 'fake news'.
Replying to Congress president Rahul Gandhi's persistent baseless allegations on Modi government saying that the 'BJP-led government paid 30,000 crore to help industrialist Anil Ambani company, Air Marshal SBP Sinha said that no money was paid to Anil Ambani's company since it is an offset partner.
"Transfer of technology and offset -these two are very different things. In transfer of technology, you give money and buy, but in offset, you give credit. There's no money in offset. According to global statistics, when you engage in offset, the cost increases upto 4-5% for offset loading. the value of the offset credit is from the value of the contract, which is normally 30% - in Rafale, it was 50%. No money will be given to offset partner. It will mean that foreign company will invest in Indian company but will not give money. The choice of offset partner is done by the company and the government has no role in it. Dassault has a joint venture with Anil Ambani. In this joint venture, they are not making Rafale. And in this 36 fighter plane deal, Ambani is not giving anything. These are flyway planes," he said.
Earlier on Friday, a newspaper report had published a 2015 'letter' by the Ministry of Defence where a paragraph had seemingly dissented about the PMO's then 'parallel parlays' and its adverse impact on India's negotiations. Hailing this as final proof, Rahul Gandhi held a press conference where he reiterated his Rafale allegations regarding pricing of the aircraft. However, this argument and the story was blown to smithereens by three incredible revelations.
The first was when the then Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar clarified that the dissent note in question spoke about the PMO's attempts to get a sovereign guarantee from France, not about the pricing.
The second was when it emerged that the newspaper story and Rahul Gandhi had upheld and endorsed a letter that had been shamefully cropped, leaving out two incredible pieces of information: the first being a paragraph about how it was about a sovereign guarantee, and the second, the remarks of then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, where he called the dissenting paragraph an overreaction.
The third, was a 2016 letter by the then French Prime Minister to PM Modi offering an ironclad assurance that the French government would ensure that Dassault aviation and other players would adhere to the contract signed with India.