Sunday, July 12, 2020
Home Fact-Check Rahul Gandhi's lies are worse than the doctored tapes, they are worn out now

Rahul Gandhi’s lies are worse than the doctored tapes, they are worn out now

Despite the fact that the total offset obligation is valued at Rs 29,000 crores and Reliance Defence will only get a small share of the business with 100 other companies, Rahul Gandhi keeps repeating the blatant lie that the Rafale deal gave a 30,000 crores benefit to Anil Ambani.

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

After the point-by-point rebuttal of Rahul Gandhi’s allegations on Rafale deal by Arun Jaitley in the parliament yesterday, the Congress president addressed the media in the evening. The finance minister also had hinted that Congress may be trying to stall the Rafale deal at the behest Eurofighter, a competitor of Rafale fighter aircraft.

If anybody was expecting something new from Rahul Gandhi, then the press conference was a big disappointment. It was just a continuation of what he has been saying all these months, there was nothing new. It was just a repetition of lies that have been busted numerous times, which he continues to peddle.

In Lok Sabha, Arun Jaitley had said that Rahul Gandhi is inventing numbers related to Rafale deal without any basis. He said sometimes they say Reliance has get offset business of 1,30,000 crore, sometimes they say it is ₹30,000 crore. Instead of telling from where he is getting the values of offset business, Rahul Gandhi went on to explain how he got the cost of the Rafale in the current deal. Quoting Jaitley’s speech today, he said that as per government itself the total cost of the deal is ₹58,000 crore for 36 aircraft, hence the unit cost is ₹1,600 crore. He said that in the UPA deal, the cost per aircraft was ₹526 crore.

That is a big lie. In the current scenario, India has already signed a contract for the purchase of the aircraft, while no contract was signed by the UPA government. The ₹1,600 crore is the price of a fully weaponised aircraft, and it is already known that the cost of a bare aircraft is less than 50% of the total cost of weaponised aircraft. Speaking to media after the press conference of Rahul Gandhi, Arun Jaitley informed that there were two prices in the UPA deal, one for bare aircraft and the other for weaponised aircraft. It is also important to note that India is buying entire 36 planes from France, while in the earlier deal, 18 planes were to be bought from France and the rest 108 were to be made by HAL in India. The costs for both categories are different, hence the prices of both the deals cannot be compared directly. Only the price of 18 aircraft in the previous deal can be compared with the current deal for 36 aircraft. Both the Indian government and Dassault has informed that the current price is 9% cheaper compared to the earlier price.

During the now scrapped deal for 126 fighters, the amount of ₹400-500 crore appeared in media during the initial stages. It was never a final price, as Rahul Gandhi would like us to believe. In the RFP issued for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007, the cost was estimated at ₹42,000 crore, which gives ₹333 crore as average cost per aircraft on a simplistic calculation. After the passage every year, the price increased steadily. When Rafale was announced as the winner of the deal in 2012, the average cost per aircraft was around ₹420 crore. But after that, the deal could not proceed, as there were disagreements over the 108 planes that were to be made by HAL. The public sector company was demanding 2.7 times the manhour to make each plane compared to what is taken by Dassault. Which means if implemented, the actual cost would have been much higher, as more time means more money.

By 2014, in just two years, media reports quoted a price of around ₹1,000 crore per aircraft in the deal. When the Rafale was selected, it was a $10 billion deal, but when it was scrapped in 2015, it had become a $20 billion deal. And that value was based on estimated market value of the aircraft based on inflation, decreasing Rupee value etc, not a price agreed upon by both the parties. These were rough estimates and didn’t take into account various weapons and India specific modifications. According to estimates by the defence ministry, the final price of 18 Rafale aircraft to be directly bought from Dassault under the UPA deal would have been ₹1,705 crore, taking into account the cost of weapons, maintenance etc, which is more than the current amount of ₹1,646 crore. There was no final figure in the previous deal for 126 jets, so the figure of ₹526 crore quoted by Rahul Gandhi has no basis.

Another proof that the earlier deal didn’t have a final price is the fact that, Rahul Gandhi himself keeps changing the amount. Yesterday, the Congress president said that the cost in UPA deal was ₹560 crore, while earlier he had claimed it that it was ₹526 crore. He had also quoted ₹520 crore and ₹540 crore on different occasions. During election rallies before the recent assembly elections, he had also said that the price in the UPA deal was ₹700 crore.

In the parliament yesterday, Arun Jaitley went to a great length to explain the meaning of the offset clause in defence purchases by India. He said that offset means the foreign vendor has to buy some items from India, the value of which ranges from 30% to 50% of the value of the contract. It does not mean the offset partner manufacturers that item of the deal. He also explained that there are more than 100 offset partners of Dassault, and the value of offset business received by Reliance is around ₹800 crore, not ₹30,000 crore as Rahul Gandhi is alleging.

But all that explaining by Jaitley was of no use because, in just a couple of hours, Rahul Gandhi repeated the same lie again that Modi gave Anil Ambani ₹30,000 crore in the deal. As the price of the aircraft, Rahul Gandhi keeps changing the amount he claims that ‘Modi has gifted to Ambani’. Sometimes he says it is ₹1 lakh crore, while sometimes it goes up to ₹1.30 lakh crore, both the figures substantially more than the total value of the contract for 36 aircraft. Even the ₹30,000 crore is more than the total offset of around ₹29,000 crore in the deal, while the share of Dassault in offset obligations is much lower, as other vendors in the deal – MBDA, Thales and Safran – also have offset obligations against their respective shares in the deal.

In the short press conference, Rahul Gandhi repeated the Modi gave Anil Ambani ₹30,000 crore several times, but the journalists present at the event didn’t ask him how he got this figure or why he is still repeating this long after it had been proved to be a lie.

Yesterday, Congress party circulated one doctored audio claiming to be a conversation between Goa minister Vishwajit Rane and an unnamed journalist, where Rane was purportedly saying that Goa CM Manohar Parikar claimed to have Rafale files at his home. Rahul Gandhi tried to play the audio in the parliament, but when Arun Jaitley asked him to authenticate the tape before playing, he had backed down. When asked about the tape in the press conference, Rahul Gandhi gave a bizarre answer, saying that as he was not allowed to play the tape by the speaker, hence the question of authenticating it does not arise. He also said that there might be other tapes, there might be many other tapes going around.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Trending now

Sachin Pilot quitting Congress? Kapil Sibal ‘worried’ for Congress, tweets about ‘horses leaving stables’

Political crisis in Rajasthan seems have deepened as senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal took to Twitter to express his concern for the grand old party.

After shielding China, WHO chief now congratulates Maharashtra for ‘containing’ coronavirus amid exponentially rising cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been under fire over allegations of covering up the pandemic while 'siding with' the Chinese govt.

Frustrated at not getting a bank job, teenager sets up his own fake SBI branch in Tamil Nadu, three arrested

The Panruti Police in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu have arrested three persons, including the son of former bank employees, for cheating customers by running a fake branch of the State Bank of India in the locality.

Sachin Pilot reaches Delhi with 25 MLAs amid speculations of Rajasthan government collapse, Gehlot holds late night meetings

Ashok Gehlot claimed that the State government was stable and would continue to remain so despite all efforts to the contrary

Telangana: Man takes dead body of his coronavirus positive relative to graveyard in auto rickshaw, flouts safety norms

In the image that has now gone viral, neither the relative of the deceased nor the driver of autorickshaw can be seen wearing any protective gear.

Pakistanis are shocked that Turkish actress does not cover herself head-to-toe in real life like her role in TV show Ertugrul, slams for wearing...

Pakistani Islamists troll Turkish actress Esra Bilgiç for her modern clothing, not traditional dress like her historical role in a TV show

Recently Popular

The curious case of ‘Drone Boy’ who has made 600 drones using broken mixer grinders and televisions. A fact-check

While 'drone boy' Prathap NM has claimed to have made 600 drones using e-waste, not a single photo or video of them exist

‘Drone boy’ Prathap NM makes a statement after OpIndia fact-check: Here is why his explanation makes little sense

'Drone boy' Prathap NM says he won't show his drones due to intellectual property issues, but will show certificates from unregistered events

Stand-up comedian apologises for insulting memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Arabian sea after MNS workers vandalised studio

The stand-up 'comedian' Agrima Joshua had made scornfully derisive remarks in her video against the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial that is going to be erected in the Arabian Sea

‘Maaro, Kafiro ko Maaro’: From creating fake alibi to mobilising thousands of Muslims against Hindus, read what Tahir Hussain did in his own words

Disclosure Statement in the chargesheet which was narrated and signed by Tahir Hussain in his own words, reveal a sinister design during Delhi riots

Pakistanis are shocked that Turkish actress does not cover herself head-to-toe in real life like her role in TV show Ertugrul, slams for wearing...

Pakistani Islamists troll Turkish actress Esra Bilgiç for her modern clothing, not traditional dress like her historical role in a TV show

Sachin Pilot quitting Congress? Kapil Sibal ‘worried’ for Congress, tweets about ‘horses leaving stables’

Political crisis in Rajasthan seems have deepened as senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal took to Twitter to express his concern for the grand old party.

Mother, niece, and sister-in-law of actor Anupam Kher diagnosed with Coronavirus

Anupam Kher took to Twitter to inform that his mother Dulari has tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus

Jharkhand: Controversy erupts after LKG and UKG students made to memorise Pakistan and Bangladesh national anthem

Students of a school in Jharkhand asked to memorise Pakistan and Bangladesh anthem in WhatsApp class

After shielding China, WHO chief now congratulates Maharashtra for ‘containing’ coronavirus amid exponentially rising cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been under fire over allegations of covering up the pandemic while 'siding with' the Chinese govt.

Frustrated at not getting a bank job, teenager sets up his own fake SBI branch in Tamil Nadu, three arrested

The Panruti Police in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu have arrested three persons, including the son of former bank employees, for cheating customers by running a fake branch of the State Bank of India in the locality.

Sachin Pilot reaches Delhi with 25 MLAs amid speculations of Rajasthan government collapse, Gehlot holds late night meetings

Ashok Gehlot claimed that the State government was stable and would continue to remain so despite all efforts to the contrary

Telangana: Man takes dead body of his coronavirus positive relative to graveyard in auto rickshaw, flouts safety norms

In the image that has now gone viral, neither the relative of the deceased nor the driver of autorickshaw can be seen wearing any protective gear.

Latest updates and important links about COVID-19 coronavirus

Live statistics and tracking of news related to COVID-19 coronavirus with focus on India.

Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek test positive for Coronavirus, admitted at Mumbai hospital

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan shifted to Nanavati Hospital after testing positive for Coronavirus

After claiming BJP supporters were trolling her in the guise of Shiv Sena supporters, comedian Agrima Joshua apologises to Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance and...

Stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua found herself in a lot of bother after a video clip of one of her performances went viral on social media.

Connect with us

235,713FansLike
404,458FollowersFollow
273,000SubscribersSubscribe