New Delhi, July 25: While the Congress has relentlessly attacked the Government over the Rafale deal, it has emerged that industrialist Anil Ambani wrote to party president Rahul Gandhi, saying that the government had no role in French Group Dassault picking up his company as a local partner. (Also read: Monsoon Session: Kharge Says BJP Comments on Rafale Come as Afterthought)
In a two-page letter written on December 12 last year, Ambani explains why his Reliance Group bagged the multi-billion dollar project. Invoking his family’s “respectful relationship” with the Gandhi family over generations, Ambani says he was “personally saddened” by the “unfortunate statements” against him and his group by several functionaries of the Congress party.
He says Reliance Defence has the largest shipyard in the private sector at Pipavav in Gujarat and is currently building five Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy and 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Coast Guard. “The decision of the Government of India to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was made through an inter-governmental agreement signed between the two countries,” he says.
Gandhi was clearly not convinced and has been attacking the government on the deal. Last week, during the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, he accused the government of changing the deal to benefit “one businessman”. His latest tweet speaks for itself:
In his letter, Ambani says, “This joint venture with Dassault Aviation will lead to creation of thousands of jobs in India, imparting of valuable training and skill-sets to Indian engineers in aerospace/ defence manufacturing sector, and will also provide large scale business opportunities to hundreds of MSMEs, SMEs and start-ups in the country, and will further enhance our experience and skills.”
Ambani says his father Dhirubhai built the world’s largest integrated petrochemicals and refinery complex in India without even having a formal education, much less any experience or legacy. “In his words, ‘you have to be given an opportunity to perform. It’s not experience but the mindset, dedication, and the purpose, of a strong India that should engage us all’,” he writes, adding that the facts he has brought out would be “helpful” to Gandhi. (Also read: Ravi Shankar Prasad Pokes Fun at Rahul Over Rafale)
Similar letters were reportedly sent to other senior Congress leaders, including the party’s communication department in-charge Randeep Surjewala. (With Agency Inputs)