Cong organises march against Rafale deal

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Nashik: Modi government has involved in corruption of Rs. 40,000 crore during the purchase of Rafale planes. Enquiry into this should be made through joint parliamentary committee and take action against guilty.

Scrap the Rafale deal agreement with Anil Ambani’s company and give the contract to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), demanded former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and warned to stage severe agitation by Congress if the government fails to do this.

The city and district Congress unit organised a march, led by Chavan to the district collectorate on Tuesday against Rafale deal. The march began two hours late than scheduled timing from Congress House.

It passed through Mahatma Gandhi Road, Ashok Stambh, Ravivar Karanja, Main Road, Gadge Maharaj statue and via Shalimar Chowk reached Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar statue on Shivaji Road. Thereafter it converted into a public meeting.

While providing his guidance on this occasion, former Chief Minister Chavan explained background about Rafale deal. UPA government made an agreement with France’s Rafale company for the purchase of fighter planes.

It had been decided to buy 18 planes from the company and assembled 108 planes at HAL plant in Nashik, but after BJP government came to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France and scrapped the deal on April 10, 2015, and made a new agreement and decided to buy 36 planes only by paying Rs. 1660 crore.

The contract has been offered to the company which has been formed newly by Anil Ambani, instead of HAL, he said. Modi government has involved in corruption of Rs. 40,000 crore in it. Congress president Rahul Gandhi raised a question about this in Parliament, but the government is not giving any reply.

It is not ready to speak over this. Form a joint parliamentary committee to probe this and take action against guilty. The agreement should also be scrapped, Chavan demanded.
Meanwhile, the delegation gave a memorandum to the District Collector.

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