Congress misled by malicious vested interests and Corporate rivals on Rafael Deal : Anil Ambani writes to Rahul Gandhi
Mumbai : After facing allegations of kickback in the multi-billion Rafael fighter plane deal, Anil Ambani led Reliance group has hit back to Congress saying that the party has been misinformed, misdirected and misled by malicious vested interests and corporate rivals on the Rafale offset exports / work share.
In his letter to Rahul Gandhi last week, Anil Ambani has clarified that Rafale fighter jets are not being manufactured by Reliance or the Dassault Reliance Joint Venture. All 36 planes are to be 100% manufactured in France, and exported from France to India. Not a single component worth a single rupee is to be manufactured by Reliance for these 36 Rafale jets. The allegations relating to “lack of experience” are, thus, irrelevant. He has also clarified that there is no contract from the MoD to any Reliance Group company related to 36 Rafale aircraft.
“Our role is limited to offset exports / export obligations. More than 100 medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) will participate in this, along with public sector undertakings like BEL and Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). This role strengthens Indian manufacturing capabilities, and is in pursuance of the Offsets Policy introduced by the Congress-led UPA Government itself from 2005 onwards” Reliance said quoting Anil Ambani.