Antony’s Broad­side Against Govt

PM must come clean on Michel statement that Modi tried to cut deal on marines with Ital­ian coun­ter­part: Azad

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Top Congress lead­ers launched a fierce coun­ter­at­tack on the Modi govern­ment on the Agus­taWest­land is­sue af­ter a strat­egy meet­ing at 10 Jan­path on Wed­nes­day. For­mer de­fence min­is­ter AK Antony charged the Modi govern­ment with “crim­i­nal neg­li­gence” in re­mov­ing Agus­taWest­land from In­dian blacklist “to help it re­turn to de­fence con­tracts”, while the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha, Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, de­manded that the prime min­is­ter should come clean on mid­dle­man James Chris­tian Michel’s statement that PM Modi told his Ital­ian coun­ter­part Mat­teo Renzi that the case against the Ital­ian marines could be set­tled if he could es­tab­lish Agusta’s links with the Gand­his.

The AICC also re­leased a doc­u­ment to show for­mer Air Force chief SP Tyagi al­legedly in­volved in the scam, was as­soc i at e d with the pro-RSS Vivekananda Foun­da­tion. While ask­ing 10 ques­tions ( see chart) to the Modi govern­ment, Antony de­manded why the PM failed to act against the Ra­man Singh govt in Ch­hat­tis­garh and t h e R a j e g o ve r n ment in Ra­jasthan fol­low­ing the CAG re­ports in­dict­ing the two govern­ments for caus­ing losses to state ex­che­quer in pur­chas­ing Agus­taWest­land he­li­copters.

Ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence in New Delhi on Wed­nes­day, Antony said: “The Modi govt is in­dulging in a cover up con­spir­acy to hide its sin­is­ter role in help­ing and pro­mot­ing a banned cor­rupt com­pany, Agus­taWest­land, and its par­ent com­pany, Fin­mec­ca­nica. What is most in­trigu­ing is the undis­closed rea­son on the part of the Modigov­ern­mentin­per­mit­ting this black­listed com­pany — Agus­taWest­land/ Fin­mec­ca­nica — to get clear­ances from FIPB.” Modi govt al­low Agusta to or­dered by Cong govt?

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