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Rafale ruckus: Omar Abdullah tags a defence report, asks BJP allies to explain

I'd like to see how this one is explained by the talking heads aligned to the BJP, says former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 8.02.19, 1:51 PM
  • Updated 8.02.19, 1:51 PM
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Omar Abdullah put out a document on Twitter that said "parallel negotiation" by the PMO had weakened the deal. Telegraph file photo

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Friday said he would like to see how those aligned with the BJP would explain reports that the defence ministry had protested over the mechanism being adopted by the PMO for the Rafale deal.

He tagged a document, purportedly of the defence ministry, which was published as part of a news report by The Hindu.

According to the article, the ministry had raised strong objections to "parallel negotiations" conducted by the PMO with the French side.

"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 Ministry of Defence & the Indian Negotiating Team' as per this note in a MOD file that went up the the Defence Minister," the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister claimed.

The National Conference was an ally of NDA when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister but shifted to UPA-II in 2009.