RAFALE SCAM: MEDIAPART’S EXPOSÉ IGNITES NEW TENSION BETWEEN CONGRESS AND BJP

Meidapart revealed that the Rafale manufacturer paid €7.5 million to a middleman between 2007 and 2012. Both the Congress and the BJP have been part of the exchange as the new revelations have brought back the conversations regarding the same. 

Congress leader weighed in on the argument telling the Congress cadre to not be afraid of fighting against a ‘corrupt’ government, as truth will always be on their side. “When the truth is with you in every step, then what is there to worry about? My Congress colleagues – keep fighting like this against the corrupt central government. Don’t stop, don’t get tired, don’t be afraid,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted. After the report was published, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra gave a statement lashing out at the Congress Party and the leadership. He said that the Indian National Congress should be renamed as “I Need Commission”. He also added that the party’s dissatisfaction with the offer was a part of the failure of the negotiations when it was in power. He said that ‘corruption’ was now homeless and now resides at 10 Janpath, which is the residence of Sonia Gandhi, the current president of the party. 

“This was how Indian detectives discovered that Sushen Gupta had also acted as an intermediary for Dassault Aviation over the Rafale deal. His Mauritian company Interstellar Technologies received at least 7.5 million euros from the French aviation firm between 2007 and 2012, thanks to IT contracts that were clearly overbilled, and from which most of the money was discreetly sent to Mauritius using a system of alleged false invoices. Some of these invoices even got the name of the French company wrong, referring instead to ‘Dassult Aviation’,” Mediapart said in the report that was recently published.

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