French President Hollande, who made sensational statement on Friday reportedly turned back on his statement on Saturday when interviewed by AFP, an International News Agency, ANI tweeted.
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 22 September 2018
Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi backed by Hollande’s statement published by French Publication, MediaPart, made serious charges of corruption against Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a clarification from him many a times during his press conference held at AICC office.
FLASH: From Agency AFP, when asked whether India had put pressure on Reliance and Dassault to work together, Ex France President Hollande said he was unaware and “only Dassault can comment on this”. pic.twitter.com/YEb8eaD7Gw
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2018
Hollande in fresh interview said that “he was not aware and only Dassault Aviation could answer that”, when asked if there was any pressure on Reliance and Dassault Aviation to work together.
This could be a major set back to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been building up his case of corruption in Rafale deal based on the statements/ secret revealed by President Hollande.
Earlier today, Dassault Aviation clarified and Ministry of Defence reiterated that Government of India had no say in choosing Anil Ambani led Reliance Group as offset partner.
It is pertinent to note that controvery relating to Rafale deal is affecting the morale of Indian soldiers. Indian Air Force in any case needs 42 squadrons to effectively deal with adversaries, who have modernised their air forces.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.