Congress says Modi hai toh mumkin hai after French report on tax waiver to Anil Ambani
Congress on Saturday (April 13) repeated its 'Chowkidar chor hai' jibe aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after French national newspaper Le Monde reported that French authorities waived off Anil Ambani's taxes worth millions after the announcement of the Rafale jet deal in 2015.
Addressing a press conference, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "This morning, a French newspaper published a sensational report on the Rafale deal. Is PM Modi working as a middleman for 'double-A [Anil Ambani]'? Chowkidar chor hai [The watchman is a thief] and his theft has been caught."
Modi hai toh mumkin hai: Congress
Randeep Surjewala further said that when PM Narendra Modi met the Defence Minister of France on April 23, 2015, the contract was with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). "On April 28, the defence secretary said that PM Modi would not talk about the Rafale aircraft and the contract is with the HAL."
"One of Anil Ambani's company is in France which has another global company in Bermuda where the black money is transferred," Randeep Surjewala alleged.
He said, "In 2007-2010, Anil Ambani's company was sent a tax remand of 60 million euros which increased to 150 million euros after more investigations but Anil Ambani's company offered to pay seven million."
"After the Rafale deal was signed, Anil Ambani's 143 million tax was waived off and he only paid seven million tax [that he had offered to pay]. Modi hai toh mumkin hai [Modi makes it possible]" Randeep Surjewala said.
Earlier in the day, French national newspaper Le Monde reported that the French authorities waived off Indian businessman Anil Ambani's France-based telecom company taxes worth 143.7 million euros or 162.6 million dollars.
Anil Ambani's "Reliance Atlantic Flag France" taxes were cleared a few months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Rafale deal with France, the French media report said.