Come out with AgustaWestland deal truth in 2 months: Congress dares govt
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also alleged that the ruling party is “spreading lies and misinformation” against the Congress. “If government has the guts, it should come out with truth in the matter in next two months when monsoon session commences,” he said.india Updated: Apr 30, 2016 01:48 IST
The Congress dared the BJP-led government on Friday to come out with the findings on the AgustaWestland deal in the next two months and not just resort to issuing threats and launching “malicious” campaign against it.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also alleged that the ruling party is “spreading lies and misinformation” against the Congress. “If government has the guts, it should come out with truth in the matter in next two months when monsoon session commences,” he said.
The senior Congress leader took a dig at PM Narendra Modi and his government, saying they have CBI, RAW and ED which could find out the guilty. “The entire government has been tasked to target the Congress and its leadership day in and day out on the issue. Why aren’t they finding out the guilty?”
Azad dismissed BJP’s charge that the Congress had compromised national security in the chopper deal. “National security got compromised when the external affairs minister in the Vajpayee government accompanied dreaded terrorists to Kandahar… It gets compromised when selective defence files are leaked to TV channels,” he said.
Azad also ignored BJP member Subramanian Swamy’s breach of privilege move against him for his remarks that UPA had blacklisted Finmeccanica, saying it is generally done against ministers if they mislead despite having all the information.
Asked whether the Congress was ready for a discussion on the issue in Parliament, he said, “We are ready for any discussion. We have nothing to hide. We are demanding an early decision by government to find out the truth.”
His party colleague Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked BJP chief Amit Shah for targetting Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking her to explain a “number of relaxations” given to AgustaWestland which “compromised” India’s interests. “Amit Shah should show more maturity. He shouldn’t teach us the law of the land. Will the defence minister place the entire file regarding banning of AgustaWestland in public and Parliament?” he asked.