Hours after former France President Francois Hollande claimed that Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Taking to Twitter, the Congress President wrote:
Following his party leader, Abhishek Singhvi took to Twitter and attacked BJP government:
Kapil Sibal also tweeted that the former 'French President, spills the beans'. Further, he took a jibe at Arun Jaitley's recent blog and added that he 'wish Ministers stopped "clowning" around !'
Earlier on Friday afternoon, Hollande, speaking to a French magazine, stated that the Indian government had chosen Anil Ambani's Reliance as the interlocutor for the deal and that French government had no say in this matter.
"We (French government) did not have a say in this. The Indian government proposed this (Anil Ambani's Reliance) group, and Dassault [the company that manufactured the jets] negotiated with Ambani. We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us," said the former France President.
The Indian government has issued a response to his statements, making it clear that 'neither Government of India nor the French Government had any say in the commercial decision'.