Rafale deal: Over 100 Left groups launch week-long nationwide protest from Monday, demand JPC probe to 'unearth corruption'

A week-long nationwide protest, titled 'Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan', is set to be launched by over 100 organisations affiliated to various Left parties on Monday against the Rafale deal. The protest aims to "expose" the alleged scam in the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France.

During the 'Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan', they will demand a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe to "unearth the corruption" in the Rafale deal and the resignation of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Convenor of JEJA and CPM lawmaker Hannan Mollah on 5 October alleged that the multi-crore Rafale deal is the largest defence scam in the country.

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

"The Rafale deal is a major corruption that needs a thorough investigation by a joint parliamentary committee. Only a JPC probe can bring all the shady details behind the deal before public," said Mollah.

Questioning the government's "nationalism" claim, Mollah said "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misusing nationalism to cover the loot of public money".

He alleged that the Modi government is "engrossed in pleasing crony capitalists" by showing them ways to maximise their profits at the cost of public exchequer.

"The Rafale scam is a clear example of high-level corruption involving none other than the prime minister. The loss to the exchequer from this deal could be around Rs 41,250 crore," alleged the CPM leader.

The JEJA convenor claimed public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was bypassed from the deal to benefit private entities which have no experience in manufacturing fighter aircraft and in the aviation sector.

During the week-long campaign , JEJA will stage demonstrations and sit-ins at district level across the country.

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Updated Date: Oct 22, 2018 11:07:50 IST

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