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'No mention of Rafale': Parrikar accuses Rahul Gandhi of petty politics

His letter came a day after Gandhi targeted PM Modi over the Rafale deal, claiming that Parrikar had clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the 'new deal'

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Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the State Secretariate in Panaji. Photo: PTI
Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the State Secretariate in Panaji. Photo: PTI

Ailing Goa Chief Minister on Wednesday accused Congress president of using his courtesy visit to him for "petty political gains", asserting that there was no mention of the Rafale issue in their five-minute meeting.

In a letter to Gandhi, Parrikar asked the Congress chief to put out the truth and not to use his visit to an ailing person to "feed political opportunism", BJP sources said.

His letter came a day after Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, claiming that Parrikar, who is a former defence minister, had clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the 'new deal'.


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"Friends, the ex-defence minister Mr Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani," the Congress leader told a booth-level party workers meeting here.

His statement had come hours after he met Parrikar at the Goa assembly complex in Panaji.

In his letter to Gandhi, Parrikar said he feels "let down that you have used this visit for your petty political gains. In the 05 minutes you spent with me, neither did you mention anything about Rafale, not did we discuss anything about/related to it."

First Published: Wed, January 30 2019. 17:14 IST
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