With an aim to escalate the attack on the Narendra Modi-led government over the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will meet the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) employees in Bengaluru on October 13.
Karnataka's Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao spoke about the details of Rahul Gandhi's visit to the state. He told media,
"Rahul ji will be coming here, details are being worked out and we will inform later as to what the exact programme will be. That (Rahul's meet with HAL employees) also we'll see. There are some discussions going on. Let us see how that happens."
Gundu Rao then went onto attack PM Narendra Modi and BJP of taking away the Rafale deal from HAL.
"The PM has betrayed this country. How he has deceived this country is very blatant. Not only that, HAL is Karnataka's pride, India's pride, and if such organizations are not recognized by the government of India, then who will recognize? And giving it to some company which has no experience shows the kind of decision making in the present dispensation," he added.
The Congress supremo has been at the forefront of an attack by the opposition parties on the BJP over the deal between the Indian and French government. Rahul Gandhi has time and time again accused the centre of taking away the Rafale deal from HAL, and giving it to Anil Ambani's Reliance.
On Wednesday, hours before his visit to Karnataka was confirmed, the Supreme Court heard the PIL on the Rafale deal. A three-judge bench headed by new CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked the centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France in a sealed cover, but clarified that it does not want information on pricing and technical particulars.
The court sought information from the Centre on the decision-making process in the deal in a sealed cover by October 29 and fixed the next hearing on the PILs to October 31.
The Rafale deal is a defence agreement signed between the governments of India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment.
(With inputs from PTI)