Congress, Rahul Gandhi making a lot of ‘noise’ over Rafale deal: Athawale

MUMBAI: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale Sunday said opposition Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi were “making a lot of noise” over the Rafale fighter jet deal which was “between two Governments”.

Speaking on the sidelines of a function here, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment said French President Emmanuel Macron has said the deal was between two countries and no one else was involved in it.

Macron had recently said the Rafale deal was a “Government-to-Government” discussion and he was not in power when the multi-billion dollar agreement for 36 fighter jets was signed between India and France.

“The Congress, especially its president Rahul Gandhi, is making a lot of noise over the Rafale deal. It is an agreement between two Governments. The president of France has also made it clear that the Rafale deal is between two countries and no one else is involved in it,” Athawale said.

He said Gandhi was maligning his own image on the issue.

“There is nothing wrong in inducting a newly formed defence company to join hands when such a huge investment is going to come to India. The French Government has also made it clear that Anil Ambani has nothing to do with this agreement, as it has taken place between the two nations,” the Minister said. (AGENCIES)