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Modi undermined Air Force, Defence Ministry in Rafale deal to help cronies: Yechury

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CPI(M) alleged on Friday that had consistently undermined the and the to benefit his "cronies" in the Rafale deal.

Yechury's comments come after a report in newspaper claimed that the had raised strong objections to "parallel discussions" conducted by the (PMO) during the negotiations over the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal between and

"Modi has consistently undermined the & in the Rafale deal for corruption, to benefit his cronies. His actions have hurt the public exchequer & damaged national security. These facts have been hidden from where a review petition is pending," Yechury tweeted.

"The PM must take responsibility for the loss to the exchequer, violation of procedure to get far fewer fighter jets than what wanted. All just to help cronies," the (Marxist) said.

Yechury alleged that the "wires in this scam go straight to the top man". "For whose benefit was Modi undermining defence ministry & Air Force? Why was IAF's forced to write to Modi's PMO to stop 'parallel negotiations' with " asked.

"We have always said Modi is directly involved in corruption & cronyism in this ? 59,000 crore Rafale scam," he added.

The Centre has strongly denied any wrongdoing in the fighter jet agreement with France, with dismissing the media report on the deal as "flogging a dead horse" and slamming the Opposition for playing into the hands of "vested interests".

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 15:35 IST