The hidden French agenda behind inking Raffale
Sprouts Mumbai . “We are all aware how the Narendra Modi government orchestrated the Raffale deal to benefit near-bankrupt industrialist Anil Ambani and arms dealer Sushan Gupta. This was however, the lesser of the crimes involved in the deal. As the French government went full way to comply with the requests of the Modi Sarkar, the baggage this deal carried for India is far above anyone’s contemplation,” said Prabhakar Narkar, president of Janata Dal, Mumbai
“The deal that was inked during Modi’s visit to France during his first tenure as Prime Minister, witnessed a public outpouring of how the French government fell in line with all the demands of Modi and Anil Ambani. However, the real implications of what it will entail for India never hit the public domain. It should be noted that the French are not foolish to bend over backwards to your pet demands unless there is a substantial reason for that to happen.” It should be noted that the country head of the Indian branch of French company EDF, Harmanjit Negi’s name and mobile also figured in the database of Pegasus spyware that first was reported in the Washington Post.
The company EDF is a major in building nuclear energy power plants. It is a known fact that more than 75% of France’s energy requirements are met by using nuclear power. Besides, French companies are known for their efforts to popularize nuclear energy worldwide. “Now let’s pick up threads from what transpired during PM Narendra Modi’s France visit way back in 2015. The Raffale deal was inked between the two countries. Being a signatory to the deal also carried a hidden agenda of France, which failed to hit the public eye,” Prabhakar Narkar, president of Janata Dal, Mumbai disclosed. A nuclear deal was inked between French nuclear energy company Areva and its Indian counterparts for the construction of the biggest nuclear plant at Jaitapur. Just like the French company, Dassault that inked the Raffale deal was near bankruptcy, the same was the story of Areva, which had hit rock bottom in the previous year, 2014.
“Here’s where EDF walked in. In 2017, EDF routed the near bankrupt Areva’s distress call to ensure that the French company secures the nuclear deal without any liabilities to France in the instance of a nuclear disaster,” Prabhakar Narkar, president of Janata Dal, Mumbai said.“ “The Modi government made no attempt to thwart the unfair bid that heaped the liabilities of any nuclear damage on our country. Besides, the contract was signed by Indian companies that had no past experience in building nuclear power plants, with their French counterparts,” he added. The project’s current estimated cost is USD 16.35 billion. The original proposal came across during the UPA regime way back in 2011 and was quickly put behind the shelves after the tsunami that hit the Japanese Fukushima reactor sent ripples around the world on safety of nuclear energy plants.