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Parrikar washed hands off Rafale deal to save his neck: Congress

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The on Friday said that former Defence Parrikar "washed his hands off the deal" in order to save his neck.

made the statement after the Centre today dismissed a media report that claimed that officials had raised concerns over the direct involvement of the in the deal

The asserted that Parrikar had sensed that the deal might land into controversy in near future and hence kept him-self out of it.

Congress cited the noting by the then Defence Parrikar which read, "It appears that the PMO and the French Office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was the outcomes of the summit meetings and Para (5) appears to be an over-reaction. may resolve the issue in the matter in consultation with to PM."

"What Parrikar has done is that he has washed his hands off the matter. He is like 'see boss I am out of it' and if tomorrow there is going to be a problem I am not going to be a part of it," he added.

Defence on Friday rejected Congress Rahul Gandhi's allegation based on a media report that claimed the (PMO) ran parallel negotiations with on the multi-billion fighter jet deal.

"A newspaper published a file noting written by If a newspaper publishes a noting, then the ethics of journalism will demand that the newspaper publishes the then Defence Minister's reply as well," Sitharaman said.

"Then Parrikar replied to that MoD note saying 'remain calm, nothing to worry, everything is going alright.' Now, what do you call the NAC led by Sonia Gandhi's interference in earlier PMO? What was that," the asked in the Lok Sabha.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 18:44 IST