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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Office conducted "parallel negotiations" with France on the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal and the defence ministry had expressed strong reservations to it, English daily The Hindu has reported.

A note from the defence ministry accessed by the newspaper - where the ministry records its objections -- has provided ammunition to the Congress, which has accused PM Modi of signing an overpriced deal for 36 Rafale jets to help industrialist Anil Ambani.

The note - dated November 24, 2015 - that was reportedly brought to the attention of then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the position taken by the PMO was "contradictory to the stand taken by Defence Ministry and the negotiating team."

The strongly-worded note, prepared by then Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar, further states that "it is desirable that such discussions be avoided by the PMO as it undermines our negotiating position seriously."

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