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National interest can be ignored for sake of 'chowkidar': Mayawati on PM and Rafale

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on Monday cited a newspaper report to take a swipe at over the deal, saying honesty, national interest and national security can be compromised and ignored for the sake of the "chowkidar".

Mayawati's attack came after claimed the fighter jet deal between and involved "and unprecedented" concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA).

"Corruption & corrupt defence deal, No problem! Chowkidar is important for the BJP/RSS, not his honesty?" she asked on Twitter, referring to the as watchman, an epithet often used by to describe

People of the country have to decide as what to do with the "chowkidar and his so-called honesty", said.

"Corruption, honesty, national interest and national security etc. Everything can be compromised and ignored for the sake of Chowkidar," she added.

According to her, the "chowkidar" was moving everywhere in the country on government expense claiming to be honest and not corrupt.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 15:20 IST
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