Com­pleteChop­perDealProbe in­T­woMonths:Cong­toGovt

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

The party de­mands that the govt place the probe re­port be­fore Par­lia­ment when it meets for the mon­soon ses­sion

New Delhi: The Congress has asked the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment to com­plete probe into the Agus­taWest­land chop­per deal within two months util­is­ing all its in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies, “in­stead of cir­cu­lat­ing man­u­fac­tured false­hood.” The party de­manded that the probe re­port be placed be­fore Par­lia­ment when it meets in the mon­soon ses­sion.

“It is time the min­is­ters in the Modi gov­ern­ment and se­nior BJP lead­ers stop cir­cu­lat­ing man­u­fac­tured false­hood on the Agus­taWest­land case. The Congress de­mands that the Modi gov­ern­ment com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Agus­taWest­land case within two months and place the find­ings in Par­lia­ment dur­ing the mon­soon ses­sion,” Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha, Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, said at an of­fi­cial AICC press con­fer­ence, while as­sert­ing the Congress lead­er­ship and UPA regime had noth­ing to hide.

“It was the UPA regime that can­celled the con­tract, ini­ti­ated blacklisting of the com­pany, re­trieved the money, seized three he­li­copters and or­dered CBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions. If we had done any­thing wrong, would we have taken such strong steps,” Azad asked.

Let the Modi gov­ern­ment use all in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies at its dis­posal — CBI, En­force­ment Di­rec­torate or even RAW—toin­ves­ti­gateth­e­mat­ter,Azad said. “The Congress is in the Op­po­si­tion and the BJP is in gov­ern­ment for the past two years. Why have they failed to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and come out with the truth?”

Azad’s re­marks came even as both Houses of Par­lia­ment con­tin­ued to func­tion smoothly with nei­ther BJP nor Congress show­ing any col­lec­tive re­solve to rake up the chop­per case in the House. ET re­ported on Thurs­day that­both­the­sideshadreachedacease- smoothly with ri­vals’ war of words lim­ited to out­side the Houses


the BJP govt on what pre­vented it from ask­ing in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies such as CBI, ED and RAW to probe the Agus­taWest­land case


in­ac­cu­ra­cies in de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar’s state­ment


may con­sider breach of priv­i­lege mo­tion against the min­is­ter for mak­ing a state­ment out­side the House when Par­lia­ment was in ses­sion fire pact not to rake up the is­sue any­more in­side Par­lia­ment and limit their fight­ing to state­ments out­side the House and that both were in agree­ment on the need for in­ves­ti­ga­tions to find the real cul­prits.

Lashin­gou­tatthe­se­niorNDAmin­is­ters and BJP lead­ers for al­leg­ing that many se­nior Congress lead­ers were in­volvedinthescam,Azad­said,“since stu­dent­days,we­have­knownBJPlead­er­stospe­ciali­sein­spread­ing­man­u­fac­tured false­hood. We thought since they are now in gov­ern­ment, they would change their ways.”

“But it is clear they con­tinue with their old ways. I, there­fore, say it is time for se­nior min­is­ters and BJP lead­ers not to in­dulge in spread­ing false­hood. Let the Modi gov­ern­ment in­ves­ti­gateth­e­mat­ter.Let­thingscome out in black and white.”

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on BJP leader Amit Shah’s ac­cu­sa­tions that the UPA regime had “com­pro­mised na­tional se­cu­rity through cor­rup­tion in the chop­per deal,” Azad said, “the less spo­ken about him (Shah) the bet­ter. I only say, the party, while in power handed over dreaded ter­ror­ists by es­cort­ing them to for­eign land (a ref­er­ence to the Khan­da­har hi­jack­ing in­ci­dent) has no right to speak about com­pro­mis­ing na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Azad also said there were in­ac­cu­ra­cies in de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar’s of­fi­cial state­ment about the chop­per deal made on Thurs­day.

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