NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Modi Government over the Rafale issue alleging that Indian pilots were at risk flying the “ancient” Jaguars due to the NDA renegotiating the Rafale aircraft deal that did not allow transfer of technology to the country.
In a Facebook post, Gandhi alleged the NDA renegotiated the UPA deal to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India’s prestige globally.
India could not get transfer of technology as negotiated during the UPA rule and it was shameful that Indian pilots have to put their lives at risk flying the ancient Jaguar aircraft as the new technology did not come into the country, he said.
He cited a media report to allege that instead of getting 126 Rafale aircraft together with transfer of technology that would have transformed the Indian Air Force, the NDA Government renegotiated the deal to get only 36 aircraft made in France.
“Since 2014, instead of taking to closure deals that had been negotiated by the UPA Government, the present Government has focussed on renegotiating those deals to benefit crony capitalists. (AGENCIES)