Rafale row: Amit Shah thanks Sharad Pawar for backing deal

No one doubts PM’s role, NCP leader tells TV channel

September 27, 2018 10:31 pm | Updated 10:31 pm IST - New Delhi

BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday thanked Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar for his statement to a Marathi channel that no one doubts Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the Rafale deal.

Mr Pawar, in an interview to a Marathi news channel on Thursday, said the opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jet “made no sense”.

He, however, said there was no harm for the government to disclose prices of the aircraft. “I don’t think people have doubts about Modi’s intentions personally,” Mr. Pawar told the news channel.

The NCP leader, however, said the way Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the government’s side had led to confusion in the minds of people.

“Now, [Union Finance Minister Arun] Jaitley can be seen articulating [government’s stand] on the issue [instead of Sitharaman],” he added.

Mr. Shah tweeted, “I thank Shri @PawarSpeaks Ji, a former Defence Minister and veteran MP, for placing national interests above party politics. Dear @RahulGandhi, you would be wiser by believing your own ally and a leader of Pawar Saheb’s stature.”

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