BJP REJECTS HOLLANDE'S CLAIM CALLS GANDHI FAMILY SOURCE OF CORRUPTION IN INDIA
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the fighter aircraft, and Reliance had entered into an agreement as early as 2012 when the Congress-led UPA was in power as he refuted the allegation that the Modi government had favoured the Anil Ambani-led company.
The political slugfest between the two parties turned uglier as Prasad called the Gandhi family the "source of corruption" in India and raked up cases of alleged graft involving it after Rahul Gandhi's blistering attack on the prime minister. He also stated that no prime minister of India has been spoken of in a manner Gandhi did about Modi. Prasad also cited statements of the French government and Dassault in which they said Indian and French dispensations had no role in picking the offset partner of the private company, to brush aside the charge of corruption.
Prasad reiterated the government's claim the basic price of Rafale negotiated by it was nine per cent cheaper than what the UPA had agreed to while its fully weaponised version was 20 per cent cheaper. In 2012, when Dassault signed the agreement with Reliance, the company was led by Mukesh Ambani.