Modi Govt to Keep Agus­taRo­tors Run­ning

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: BJP-led NDA plans to keep the Agusta is­sue alive in Par­lia­ment. Se­nior lead­ers have given no­tices for dis­cus­sions in both the Houses and a re­ply by de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in the com­ing days.

Fresh rev­e­la­tions rocked the Ra­jya Sabha on Wed­nes­day as nom­i­nated mem­ber and BJP leader Subra­ma­nian Swamy al­leged Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had been named in a case on the mat­ter, lead­ing to an up­roar from the main op­po­si­tion that trooped into the Well and forced two ad­journ­ments.

Par­lia­men­tary affairs min­is­ter Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy later told re­porters that three BJP MPs — Anurag Thakur, Meenakshi Lekhi and Om Birla — have given no­tices for Call­ing At­ten­tion Mo­tion on the is­sue. Party MP Bhu­pen­dra Ya­dav has al­ready given a sim­i­lar notice in the Ra­jya Sabha.

“We will have to wait for the de­fence min­is­ter to give a re­ply on the de­bate and this will be done soon,” Rudy said.

Ear­lier in the day, min­utes af­ter the Ra­jya Sabha met for the day, the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, re­ferred to a news re­port that PM Modi had met his Ital­ian coun­ter­part on the side­lines of a UN meet­ing in Se ptem­ber 2015 where he of­fered to free the Ital­ian marines, fac­ing charges of killing In­dian fishermen, if that coun­try shared in­for ma­tion about Gandhi. Leader of the House Arun Jait­ley ter med the re­port as “false and un­true in its en­tirety”. Jait­ley in­formed the Ra­jya Sabha that the Agusta case in­ves­ti­ga­tion is “at an ad­vanced stage”. “There is al­leged to have been a bribe pay­ment. The bribe-giver has been con­victed. The iden­tity of the bribe-taker has to be es­tab­lished.”

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