Rahul Gandhi seems to have faced maximum embarrassment since the day he took up the Rafale deal to create unwanted controversy with an intention to malign Modi government and desperately prove his fake charges of PM being corrupt.
But he has been blasted not once or twice by everyone in association with Rafale deal including the French government which issued a statement after Rahul Gandhi made an irresponsible and false statement on the floor of the house.
But even now, Rahul Gandhi continues to lie about Rafale deal without providing legitimate proof and claims Modi government was indulged in corruption. Now, the Dassault company CEO Eric Trappier who spoke exclusively to ANI said that their first deal in India was with Nehru and Rahul Gandhi should stop spreading false news.
He said that they had prior experience dealing with the Congress party and the comments made by the Congress president made him sad. He added “We have a long experience with the Congress party. Our first deal was with India in 1953 with Nehru and other Prime Ministers. We have been working with India. We are not working for any party. We are supplying strategic products like fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Government. That is what is most important,’ said Trappier.
I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie,’ said Trappier when asked to respond to Rahul Gandhi’s charge that Dassault was covering up for possible cronyism in awarding the offset deal to Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group.
On a question on why they selected Reliance, the CEO said “Trappier clarified that the money being invested was not going to Reliance directly but in a Joint Venture (JV) that included Dassault. ‘We are not putting the money in Reliance. The money is going into the JV. I put my know-how free of charge on how to produce people. I have engineers and workers from Dassault who are taking the lead as far as the industrial part of this deal is concerned. At the same time, I have an Indian company like Reliance who is putting money into this JV as they want to develop their country. So the company is going to know how to produce aircraft,’ added Trappier. DNA and PTI Report
Reliance would match the amount since the shareholding pattern is 49% Dassault and 51% Reliance as per prescribed Government norms.
‘We are supposed to put in this company together about Rs 800 crore as 50:50. For the time being, to start work in the hangar and to pay workers and employees, we have already put Rs 40 crore. But it will be increased to Rs 800 crore, which implies Rs 400 crore by Dassault in the coming five years,’ said Trappier. DNA and PTI Report
He added Dassault has seven years to perform offset. ‘During first three years, we are not obliged to say with who we are working. We have already settled work and agreement with 30 companies, which represents 40% of total offset obligation as per contract. Reliance is 10% out of the 40, while rest 30% is a direct agreement between these companies and Dassault,’ Trappier said.
In the pricing issue, the CEO said that the present aircrafts are cheaper by 9 %. ‘Price of 36 was exactly the same when you compare with 18 flyaway. 36 is the double of 18, so as far as I was concerned, it should have been double the price. But because it was government to government, there was some negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9%. The price of Rafale in flyaway condition is less expensive in the 36 contract than the 126 contract,’ he said. DNA and PTI Report
When questioned about not havinf deal with HAL, CEO said that if the initial deal of 126 jets went through they would not have hesitated to work with HAL and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance.
‘It’s because the 126 didn’t go smooth that the Government of India had to reconfigure to urgently acquire 36 from France. And then I took the decision to continue with Reliance, and HAL even said in the last few days that they were not interested to be part of the offset. So, it has been done by my decision and the decision of Reliance to invest in a new private company,’ added Trappier. DNA and PTI Report
‘Obviously, we could have gone to Tata or other family groups. At that time, the decision to go ahead was not given to Dassault. We were in 2011, Tata was also discussing with other flying companies. We finally decided to go ahead with Reliance as they have experience in big engineering facilities,’ Trappier said.
By this he has clarified every detail related to Rafale deal which should put a full stop to the controversy. But seems like Rahul Gandhi who wants to use Rafale for his political mileage would continue with his fake stories and now call the CEO of Dassault also a liar.