Accepting the challenge from the BJP on fresh revelations pertaining to the AgustaWestland chopper deal, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said “they are most welcome” to present it.On being told that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to come up with new revelations on AgustaWestland deal, Gandhi said: “They are most welcome.”
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will make a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 2 p.m. on Wednesday during a debate on AgustaWestland issue. The Congress went into a huddle to chalk out a strategy ahead of the defence minister’s statement.
Senior Congress leaders went to Sonia Gandhi’s residence in the evening to discuss how to counter the BJP in parliament on the issue.
The consultations were significant in view of the fact that BJP member Subramanian Swamy had dragged her name in the issue in the Upper House last week amid sharp protests from Congress members.
A section of party leaders have been emphasising on a foolproof strategy so as to send home the message that the party was all for debating the issue but at the same time would not countenance muck-raking at the leadership.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the party was all for debate on the issue in both Houses of Parliament to clear the air on the matter.
In the Lok Sabha too, Congress has given notices for a short duration discussion on the issue as also for a calling attention notice.
Congress’ strategy of attacking Modi government over the Italian marines issue during the debate came to the fore with the party today coming down heavily on the Centre in the matter. The Agusta Werst land issue has rocked both the houses of parliament and threatens to mar the session. Already many days have been lost and the government’s ambitious GST bill and host of other bills hangs in balance. (IANS)