HAL manufactured planes used for Air strike in Pakistan: Rahul Gandhi

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NANDED (Maharashtra): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that Anil Ambani’s firm which never manufactured a plane was chosen in Rafale deal over the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) which manufactured planes used for carrying out air strikes in Balakot.

“Air Force people wrote in the file that Narendra Modi is doing direct negotiations with France government and Rafale. People of India suffer a loss of Rs 30,000 crore. On the other hand, Anil Ambani got money for free. He never manufactured a plane and he did not know it. Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) knows how to manufacture a plane and has been manufacturing planes for 70 years,” Gandhi said while addressing an election rally here.

Karnataka, April 13 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at Krishnarajanagara in District Mysore on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

“The planes which had dropped bombs in Balakot? It was HAL. Planes like Sukhoi, Mirage, Mig, Jaguar. HAL is a government company manufacturing planes for 70 years,” he emphasized.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) had carried out aerial strikes at Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The Congress chief further attacked the Prime Minister for evading his questions over Rafale deal in the Parliament.

“When I asked him a question in the Parliament. He spoke for one and a half hours, took names of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi but never talked about corruption, Anil Ambani and Rafale. He could not look into the eyes of the country,” he said while campaigning for Congress’s Maharashtra unit president Ashok Chavan who is contesting from Nanded seat, one of 10 Lok Sabha constituencies that are going to polls in the second phase on April 18.