PTI, NEW DELHI: Continuing its attack on the BJP-led Centre over the Rafale deal, the Congress Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the oath of confidentiality by leaking information to Reliance Defence chief Anil Ambani about the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France. Anand Sharma, deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, demanded that the prime minister respond to the charges made against him in connection with the controversial deal instead of fielding his ministers.
"My direct charge is that the prime minister violated the oath of confidentiality. Only he could have told Anil Ambani that HAL will be out and he will strike a deal to buy 36 jets and 'you (Ambani) go and talk to Dassault Aviation (the makers of Rafale jet)," Sharma told reporters at a news conference.
The Rafale controversy took a turn last week after former French President Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence's name as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation.