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Purported note on Rafale indicates Parrikar had no knowledge of progress in negotiations: Omar

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Friday said a purported note on Rafale indicated that then had no knowledge of the progress in negotiations for the fighter jet deal.

He was reacting to a report in which claimed 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

The purported note claimed it was clear that such parallel discussions had "weakened the negotiating position of and Indian Negotiating Team".

"The then @manoharparrikar was clueless about the progress of negotiations. All he could say was 'IT APPEARS that @PMOIndia & French President's office are monitoring the progress'. He had no direct knowledge of progress & passed the buck back to the PMO," Abdullah said.

"How can he claim that 'para 5 is an over-reaction' when he had no direct knowledge of the status or content of the negotiations? His act of passing the matter for the Def Sec to resolve with PMO clearly shows he had no grounds on which to base his 'over-reaction' assessment," he said in a series of tweets.

Earlier, the former of had said he would like to see how those aligned with the BJP would explain the fresh report on the deal.

"I'd like to see how this one is explained by the talking heads aligned to the BJP. @PMOIndia 'weakened the negotiating position of the & the Indian Negotiating Team' as per this note in a file that went up the the Defence Minister," he claimed.

The National Conference was an ally of NDA when was the but shifted to UPA-II in 2009.

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