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
IT SAID THERE WERE
inaccuracies in defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement
THE PARTY SAID IT
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.