Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the state-run aerospace company where Rahul Gandhi had interacted with the present and past employees on the Rafale deal, Saturday said that it regrets the “politicisation” of its employees and termed it as a fad and regrettable development that would be detrimental to national security and the organisation. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation

The HAL statement came after Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with the employees of the defence company where the Congress President attacked the Narendra Modi-led government for “insulting, hurting and destroying” the future of the public sector company by depriving it of the Rafale contract with the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation

HAL, in a statement, said that the NDA government had provided full-fledged support to HAL during the 2014-18 period by placing supply orders of Rs 27,340 crore. Towards improvement and up gradation of infrastructure, including ramping up of production facilities, funding to the tune of Rs 7,800 crore was sanctioned during the period, it said. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation

Asserting that the HAL enjoys pride of place in the defence and aerospace industry sector, the official said that the aerospace company has made immense contribution to the nation-building process. “Today’s attempt at politicisation of the employees is a fad and regrettable development and will be detrimental to the interest of the organisation, its employees as well as national security,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi, in his interaction with 100 former and current employees of HAL, attacked the Modi government and questioned the credibility and experience of the private company (Anil Ambani-led Reliance) which was provided the Rs 30,000-crore offset contract.

Accusing Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of “lying” to the country Gandhi said she has rushed to Paris to cover up the alleged irregularities in the deal. “She (Sitharaman) has rushed to France to try to cover it up, but she can’t. We will fight this on the streets of India,” he said. He further accused the government of destroying HAL, ISRO and DRDO which he said are “temples of modern India”.