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Tag: Rafale Deal

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in New Delhi
Macron brushes off question about Rafale deal, defers to PM Modi

United Nations: French President Emmanuel Macron brushed off questions about the controversial Rafale deal saying he was not in charge when the agreement to buy the fighter jets was made and that he would defer to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. “I was not in charge at that time but I know that […]

Congress heightens attack over Rafale, moves CVC

New Delhi: Mounting a multi-pronged attack on the BJP government, the Congress on Monday moved the CVC seeking a FIR and seizure of documents pertaining to the Rafale deal while its President Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “thief”. On a day when a Congress delegation petitioned Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K.V. Chowdary […]

Erroneous to suggest partnership in Rafale deal, says Jaitley

New Delhi: The slugfest over the Rafale deal continued on Sunday with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley citing conflicting media reports on Francois Hollande’s claims regarding a private firm becoming an as offset partner in the jet deal at the instance of Modi government and asserting that there was “no partnership as suggested by the […]

Congress demands urgent probe by CAG into Rafale scam

New Delhi: Continuing its campaign on Rafale deal, a Congress delegation on Wednesday met the Comptroller and Auditor General seeking an “urgent probe” into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets by the Modi government. “A delegation of Congress leadership has met the CAG and his senior colleagues. We have given a detailed memorandum along […]

Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa backs Rafale deal

New Delhi: Amid the rising clamour on the Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, on Wednesday said by acquiring the French fighters the IAF was strengthening its depleting fleet. “By providing the Rafale and the S-400 (anti-missile system), the government is strengthening the Indian Air Force to counter the […]

Bhushan says IAF officials being pressured on Rafale

Ahmedabad: Senior Supreme Court lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan on Saturday alleged that to justify the changed Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials were being forced to speak in praise of the new deal signed by the Modi Government. The opposition parties and many activists have been questioning the change in the deal […]

Rafale will give India unprecedented combat capabilities: IAF vice chief

New Delhi: The Rafale is a beautiful aircraft which will give India “unprecedented” combat capabilities, the Indian Air Force said Wednesday amid escalating controversy over the Rs 58,000 crore deal. Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal S B Deo also said those criticising the Rafale deal must understand the laid down norms and procurement […]

Political slugfest continues in Odisha over Rafale deal

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections around the corner, political parties in the State are leaving no stone unturned to corner each other with the Odisha Congress today targeting the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) over the multi-crore Rafale deal. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

Rahul launches direct attack on PM Modi over Demonetisation, Rafale

New Delhi: An aggressive Rahul Gandhi today launched a two-pronged offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation and Rafale deal, terming them as huge scams which were committed to help his “crony capitalist friends”. In a no-holds-barred attack on Modi, the Congress President alleged that the noteban “scam” was deliberately inflicted on common people […]

Odisha Congress plans agitation over Rafale deal

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to hold agitation in the Sate over Rafale deal. Speaking to the media, Odisha Congress in-charge Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that the NDA’s Rafale deal prevented Odisha youths from getting employment opportunities. “Had the Jet planes […]

Congress has inadequate leader, so creating fake issues: Jaitley on Rafale controversy

New Delhi: Attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a leader with “inherent and inbuilt limitations”, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday accused his party of manufacturing a controversy around Rafale deal by creating “fake issues”. He also accused the Congress of engaging in an implied battle with the Federal Front in order to reclaim the […]

Rafale agreement details classified, cannot be disclosed

New Delhi: The details of the deal with France for the Rafale fighter jets cannot be disclosed as per the Inter Governmental Agreement as it is “classified information”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament on Monday. Sitharaman’s response, in a written reply, came to a question by Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal seeking to […]