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Sitharaman rubbishes media report on Rafale deal as 'flogging a dead horse'

The Defence Minister charged the opposition with playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests and not working in the interests of the Indian Air Force

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | File photo
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | File photo

Defence Friday dismissed the media report on the Rafale jet deal as "flogging a dead horse" and accused the opposition of playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests.

Sitharaman's suo motu statement came in Lok Sabha in the wake of protests by and other opposition over the report which claimed that the Defence Ministry had protested to the PMO over the mechanism being adopted for the

"They are flogging a Periodical enquiries by the PMO cannot be construed as interference," the said during the Zero Hour.

The Defence charged the opposition with playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests and not working in the interests of the

Referring to the report, which claimed that the then had objected to the PMO allegedly conducting price negotiations with the French company, said the then had replied to the letter asking the to remain "calm" as everything was "alright".

also alleged that the then of the Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi used to run the PMO regularly during the UPA regime.

"Was that not interference?," she asked.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 13:00 IST
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