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Parrikar quit as defence minister over Rafale deal: Pawar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former relinquished his post at the Centre and returned to because he did not agree with the fighter jet deal, claimed Saturday.

Addressing reporters in Kolhapur, the Maratha strongman also slammed alleging that he had failed to fulfil the promises made during the 2014 poll campaign and was, therefore, diverting people's attention.

"The deal was not acceptable to He therefore resigned from the post of and returned to Goa," claimed

Parrikar, who took over as in November 2014, as on March 14, 2017. He died on March 17 this year after a long battle with a pancreatic ailment.

had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 jets after talks with the then French on April 10, 2015, in The final deal was sealed on September 23, 2016.

Slamming Modi, said the BJP has taken "siege" of important institutions in the country and is using them for its own benefits.

"It is very serious when judges of the have to conduct a press conference," he said.

In an unprecedented move, four judges of the had held a press conference on January 12, 2018, in which they raised a litany of problems, including the issue of assigning of cases, plaguing the apex court.

The historical press conference was held by Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur, and Ranjan Gogoi (current CJI).

Pawar also attacked the BJP and Modi for "politicising" the Army, adding that all other parties ensured that the armed forces were not politicised.

Praising Raj Thackeray, Pawar said the former was speaking the truth when he tells people that the Modi-Shah (Amit Shah) combination is a dangerous one for the country.

"He is effectively conveying, with proofs, about the wrongs that have happened. We and are not together in the elections but we will take the help of everybody to take away power from the hands of wrong people," he said.

Pawar claimed that there is an environment of change prevalent in the country and people do not want a BJP government in power again.

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

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 18:50 IST
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