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Country owes you a debt: Rahul Gandhi tells HAL workers
Rahul Gandhi met employees of the HAL at Bengaluru and promised to ‘defend the dignity of India’s defenders’ as he accused the Modi government of ‘snatching’ the Rafale offset contract from HAL and “gifting” it to Anil Ambani’s company. Stepping up his attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale controversy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday described HAL as a “strategic asset” in aerospace, saying the country owed a debt to it. During an interaction with current and former employees of the state-run aviation and defence firm, Gandhi said HAL was not just a “regular company”. “HAL is a strategic asset to take India into aerospace. The work you have done for this country is tremendous. The country owes a debt to you for protecting us and creating a scientific environment in this country,” he said. Noting that the former US President Barack Obama’s comment that only India and China can challenge the US was also because of HAL, the Congress president said he wanted to understand how to make HAL more effective in the future.
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