Congress president Rahul Gandhi stepped up pressure on the Centre with a tweet alluding to partial treatment of Reliance Defence Ltd. headed by industrialist Anil Ambani.

Mr. Gandhi tagged a
National Herald
news report which, quoting the records of the Corporate Affairs Ministry, said Mr. Ambani floated his venture just 10 days before Mr. Modi visited France in 2015. It says the Ministry’s website shows it was started with a paid-up capital of just Rs. 5 lakh.

Ambani’s plea

Back in December 12, 2017, Mr. Ambani has written to Mr. Gandhi denying the allegations that his Reliance Group lacked experience to get the Rafale deal, and said the government had no role in Dassault picking up his company as a local partner.

Ambani, in the letter, said his group’s joint venture with Dassault was to make components and systems for the aerospace and defence sectors. “This joint venture with Dassault Aviation will lead to creation of thousands of jobs in India, imparting of valuable training and skill-sets to Indian engineers in aerospace/ defence manufacturing sector, and will also provide large-scale business opportunities to hundreds of MSMEs, SMEs and start-ups in the country,” he wrote.

(With PTI inputs)

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