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India's opposition turns on Modi over role in $8.8bn fighter jet deal

Accusations of cronyism fly with contract awarded to brother of country's richest man

A French Rafale fighter jet made by Dassault performs during the Breitling Airshow in Sion, Switzerland last year.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's main opposition party is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly picking a company run by the brother of the country's richest man to work with France's Dassault Aviation to build a new fleet of fighter jets.

Indian National Congress alleges that Modi favored Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics to team up with Dassault to supply 36 multirole Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force in a $8.8 billion deal.

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