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Inexperienced Ambani chosen by PM over experienced HAL: Rahul
    Nanded, Apr 15 (PTI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi
Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale
deal, saying he ensured "inexperienced" industrialist Anil
Ambani got it, but not state-owned HAL which made some of the
planes used in the Balakot air strike.
    The Indian Air Force carried out strikes on terror
camps in Balakot in February, after the Pulwama terror attack,
in which 40 CRPF men were killed.
    Gandhi made the remarks at a rally here as he
campaigned for Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan who is
contesting from the Nanded Lok Sabha constituency.
    The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a state-run
company that manufactures and maintains fighter planes.
    "Anil Ambani never made an aircraft but HAL knows how
to make planes. They have been doing it for the last 70
years," Gandhi said.
    "The planes which did the air strikes in Balakot? HAL.
Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mirage, MiG. HAL is a government company and
is making planes for the last 70 years," he said.
    Gandhi said when he raised questions over the deal in
Parliament, Modi evaded answers on the issue.
    "For one-and-a-half hours he spoke (in Parliament). He
took names of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv
Gandhi...But could not look into the eyes of the country.
    "He did not talk about the Rafale deal, Anil
Ambani...Because the chowkidar (watchman) is chor (thief),"
Gandhi said. PTI COR ENM VT
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