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Modi's claim on cloud cover during Balakot strike 'ridiculous': Oppn

New Delhi: Opposition parties, including the Congress, took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday over his remarks that cloud cover "helped" IAF planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot strikes, with some leaders terming the statement as "ridiculous and false".

The CPI(M) has also moved the Election Commission. alleging that Modi had revealed "operational details of a sensitive military mission" in a television interview with a purpose to influence voters.

Rejecting the charge, senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, "PM Modi did not reveal anything (about the Balakot strike) he was not supposed to reveal."

In the interview aired on Saturday, Modi said he used his "raw wisdom" to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted

the air strike to be deferred due to bad weather.

"The weather was not good on the day of the air strike.

There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of the strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars," Modi said while talking about the cross-border strike.

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