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Defence Ministry had not objected to pricing part in Rafale deal, says former defence secretary

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The had not objected to involvement of the (PMO) over sovereign guarantee aspect of the negotiations in the fighter deal, the then G said on Friday, clarifying that the dissent note had nothing to do with pricing issue.

"It was about sovereign guarantees and general terms and conditions," Kumar told ANI when asked if he remembered the context of the note.

"The context is there in the newspaper. Whatever has been brought out (in the newspaper), it has nothing to do with pricing. Negotiations are not just for pricing but other things also. It was about sovereign guarantees and general terms and conditions," he elaborated.

Kumar, who was the from 2015 to 2017, spoke shortly after cited the media report to contend that the PMO and the were not on the same page on negotiations.

Gandhi has been alleging that the pricing of the fighter plane, under the deal for procuring 36 from French company Dassault, was changed at the behest of

Modi as well as have rubbished the allegations and accused Gandhi of trying to mislead the nation.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 12:31 IST