Connecting the September 21 statement made by former French President Hollande on Rafale in which he said the French side was asked by the Indian government to go with Reliance as an Offset partner, and a tweet by Rahul Gandhi on August 30 warning of impending news "in the next couple of weeks", Jaitley said that the two statements may have been "orchestrated" as they are in flawless rhythm with each other.
The French government said Sunday it feared damage to its relations with India after former president Francois Hollande stirred controversy about a major deal to sell Rafale fighter jets to New Delhi. Your patriotism is questionable if you are ashamed of it &refer to it in a derogatory manner, " FM Jaitley on Rahul Gandhi's tweet that Rafale Deal was a surgical strike on forces'.
"I think he (Rahul Gandhi) is in some kind of a revenge mode. And then what happens is in ideal rhythm with what he predicted".
"Truth can not have two versions", Jaitley said. "He must clarify", the Congress president added. This is a reference to a report in The Indian Express detailing Reliance Entertainment bankrolling a film by Hollande's partner Julie Gayet when India and France were negotiating the Rafale deal, "I couldn't even imagine that there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet", Hollande had said during the interview to French news website Mediapart.fr.
"The Congress Party's official handle on 31.8.2018 had carried the tweet of one of its leader "It is evident that Anil Ambani bribed President Hollande through his actor-partner to get the Dassault partnership", Arun Jaitley further wrote.More news: Trump says OPEC 'monopoly' must get prices down
Jaitley said attempts were being made to create a controversy on the basis of Hollande's statement. "The former French President is contradicted by the French government and Dassault, and the next day he goes and contradicts himself", Jaitley said. "These jets are coming to India..." Modi government is the cleanest government in the history while the UPA government of 2004-14 was the most corrupt government...
Hollande's announcement that Dassault "did not have a say in it" added fuel to allegations by opposition parties that the Modi government had intervened to help Ambani.
Hollande's remarks had triggered a political slugfest in India.
Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked PM Modi and said people are now heard saying that the country's "watchman" is a "thief".