Sonia calls strategy meet ahead of AgustaWestland debate

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 11:16 IST
Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party have been attacked by the government for their alleged involvement in the VVIP Chopper corruption case. (File photo)

The Congress top brass will huddle at 10.30 AM on Wednesday to decide its strategy in the much-awaited debate on the AgustaWestland chopper scam in Rajya Sabha.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has already arrived in Parliament and will sit with former PM Manmohan Singh, leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, former defence minister AK Antony, party’s deputy leader in the Upper House Anand Sharma and some other senior leaders to discuss the talking points and ways to counter the BJP.

Congress sources said, Azad, Sharma and party’s ace legal brain Abhishek Manu Singhvi may participate in the debate in which defence minister Manohar Parikkar is likely to furnish fresh details of the scam to corner the Congress.

While Azad and Sharma, two former cabinet ministers of the UPA government, is likely to lead the political attack against the BJP, Singhvi will focus on the legal aspects of the alleged scam.

In the morning, when Gandhi was asked about the party’s strategy, she only said, “you will see our strategy on the floor of the House.”

The Congress, sources said, would be carefully watching the speeches of different BJP leaders and especially its new MP Subramanian Swamy. “Swamy is unlikely to have a smooth ride. We will oppose him tooth and nail and not allow him to say anything against our leaders,” said a senior Congress MP.

The party may have to fend for itself in Rajya Sabha as Trinamool Congress, a key Opposition party, has already indicated it would train its guns against the Congress. Parties like the AIADMK and the BJD too, are likely to take this opportunity to hit out at the Congress. All eyes would be on the Left parties, a key force in the Upper House, if it comes out in support of the Congress in a corruption case.

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