After a strategy meet of top brass, the Congress party embarked on fierce counter-attack on Modi Government on Agusta Westland scam. Senior congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony accused BJP Government of “criminal negligence” for removing the tainted company from the blacklist of the nation.
Congress media cell chief Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Amit Shah and BJP leaders have become masters in pursuing politics of deceit and deliberate lies. He also demanded BJP President Amit Shah to apologize for spreading lies and misleading the nation.
“BJP government needs to introspect whether mud-slinging and muckraking can ever replace the truth. Can ‘smear campaign’ and ‘hatchet jobs’ of ‘BJP’s dirty tricks department’ defend the ‘Operation Cover-up’ of BJP government in helping AugustaWestland?” he asked.
He also dared the BJP President who termed AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica as bogus company to ask Modi why he has been protecting this company for last two years and why there is no conclusion for CBI/ED investigation done on it.
“Will Amit Shah and BJP answer to the people as to why the same ‘fraud company’ was permitted to be part of Prime Minister’s ‘Make-in-India’ programme and participate in ‘Aero India Exhibition’?” he asked.
“Will he also answer as to why the same ‘fraud company’ was given permission to participate in defence contract as a ‘sub-contractor’ as also ‘supplier to a contracting party’ with government of India by order dated August 22, 2014 of Ministry of Defence?” the Congress spokesperson added.
The BJP on the other hand, accused the Congress for distracting the issue to mislead people and sought the answer for the fundamental question that who got the money.
“Under the NDA, not a single thing has been purchased from AgustaWestland. ED is investigating a few people. A lot is happening, so the Congress is just trying to distract public from the question of ‘who took bribe,” the BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.
Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded the Prime Minster Narendra Modi to come clean on the middleman James Christan Michel’s statement that PM has told his Italian counterpart to link the case with Gandhis instead of freeing Italian mariners. (IANS)