Rahul accuses Modi of 'weakening' HAL to help 'suit-boot friend'
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "weakening" the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to help his "suit-boot" friend.
His allegation came after a media report claimed that the defence Public Sector Undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), grappling with low finances, for the first time in years, has been forced to borrow money to pay salaries to its employees.
"HAL does not have money to even pay salaries should not come as a surprise to anyone," Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi.
"Chowkidar (watchman)" is being true to his friendship, "he has nothing to do with the country's good or bad", he said.
The friendship should continue, the Congress chief said.
"HAL is borrowing Rs 1000 cr because it can't even pay salaries?" senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.
"Not just HAL; be it ONGC, LIC, HPCL, GSPC or any other PSU, this government has squandered their assets to favour a select few," Patel alleged.
Citing the media report, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Under Modiji, India's largest public sector defence unit, HAL, does not even have enough cash to pay salaries to its employees. For the first time in 70 years, they were forced to borrow Rs 1000 crore".
"Despite that, no Rafale contract for them Apathetic!" he tweeted.
The Congress has been alleging that the government favoured Anil Ambani's firm over HAL in the Rafale jet deal. The government as well as Ambani have rejected all such allegations.
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