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Rafale deal snatched from HAL: Rahul Gandhi ahead of meeting with PSU staff

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 13 Oct 18 | 01:40 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. PTI photo

Standing in support of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Congress President Rahul Gandhi will Saturday meet the employees of the public sector unit outside its headquarters in Bengaluru. 

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The Gandhi scion said there was a need to "defend the dignity of India's defenders" as he accused the Narendra Modi government of "snatching" the Rafale offset contract from HAL and "gifting" it to Anil Ambani's company. 

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"HAL is India's strategic asset. The future of India's aerospace industry has been destroyed by snatching #Rafale from HAL & gifting it to Anil Ambani," the Congress president tweeted.

"Come defend the dignity of India's defenders. I am in Bengaluru to stand with HAL's employees. Join me outside HAL HQ, at 3 PM," he added.

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Rahul Gandhi and his Congress party have been attacking the Modi government over the Rs 580 billion Rafale fighter jet deal alleging corruption and favouritism.       

HAL is India's strategic asset. The future of India's aerospace industry has been destroyed by snatching #Rafale from HAL & gifting it to Anil Ambani.

Come defend the dignity of India's defenders. I am in Bengaluru to stand with HAL’s employees. Join me outside HAL HQ, at 3 PM. pic.twitter.com/FzfVGZ17Z6

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 13, 2018  

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