“I heard the defence minister has gone to France and will visit the Dassault factory,” Rahul told a news conference in New Delhi. Asked about the French company’s statement, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told a news conference in New Delhi: “Dassault is sitting on a huge contract. Mediapart’s report appeared to corroborate former French President Francois Hollande’s comments last month that New Delhi had put pressure on Dassault to choose Reliance as the offset partner in a deal worth millions of dollars to Indian company. But Dassault in a statement late on Wednesday denied Delhi had a role in the choice of the partner. “Dassault Aviation has freely chosen to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group,” it said.
Source: The Telegraph October 11, 2018 22:41 UTC