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Pawar flays Modi over stolen Rafale documents
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Pawar flays Modi over stolen Rafale documents

Mumbai, Mar 7 : Over Centre's statement that documents related to the Rafale jet deal have been stolen from the defence ministry, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday termed it as 'shocking', wondering what will then be the country's situation on the security front.

He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of politicising the Indian Air Force's (IAF) air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp in Pakistan in retaliation to the terror outfit's attack at Pulwama in Kashmir where 40 CRPF personnel were killed last month.

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that documents related to the Rafale aircraft deal being stolen, prompting the opposition parties to again raise questions over the Rs 58,000-crore defence deal which is already mired in controversy.

"If confidential papers are stolen, then what will be the situation on the security front," Pawar wondered while interacting with NCP workers in Kolhapur through video- conferencing.

Taking a swipe at the Prime Minister's earlier remark "na khaoonga na khane doonga" (would not take bribes, nor let anyone do so), Pawar alleged that during Modi government's rule, the Rafale aircraft cost was increased. (UNI)