AgustaWestland chopper scam: Raman Singh’s son played a key role, says RPN Singh
The BJP has begun saying the Congress was involved in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, but former MoS Home RPN Singh of the Congress has other things to say. Here are excerpts from his interview to naradanews.com.
NaradaNews.Com: Former IAF chief SP Tyagi has named the PMO and former PM Manmohan Singh in the scam, charging the Congress with corruption. What do you say to it?
RPN Singh: The BJP is trying to defame the Congress party on corruption issues. How many of our leaders have been sent to jail in the last 2.5 years? What kind of action has been taken against corruption by the BJP? They are saying there was a Brokerage Raj under the Congress regime. But the fact is that in the Narendra Modi government, it is brokers who are making money and enjoying. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son’s (Abhishek Singh) name figures in the AgustaWestland chopper scam. His bank account has been frozen. There is the proof of his involvement. The Modi government should investigate that. Not one Congress leader’s bank account has been seized or frozen in the AgustaWestland scam.
The Congress is opposing demonetisation but there is no big agitation on the roads. Is opposition scared of PM Modi?
RPN Singh: The Congress has a clear stand from the beginning, if the government takes any positive action against money laundering, the party will support it. But after demonetisation, black money is not coming out. But poor people are getting upset. We are opposing it in Parliament. We are tabling questions everyday, but PM Modi doesn’t want to take questions. The Congress party does not want to spread any chaos. We don’t believe in sabotaging. The PM is speaking outside Parliament and saying he is not getting a chance to speak in Parliament. Mr PM, you are in power. Who can stop you from speaking? Why are you making fools of people?
Speaking to NaradaNews.com, Janata Dal United leader Sharad Yadav said opposition is just understanding the situation and can plan a larger agitation countrywide. Is the Congress planning an agitation?
RPN Singh: The Congress is opposing demonetisation from Day 1. That formula was implemented without any planning and discussion. Because of demonetisation, our economy is suffering. People are distressed, they are dying. No rich person or industrialist has been affected, they are not in queues. The average citizen is suffering in the queue. That all is because of PM Modi.
What’s the Congress plan for Uttar Pradesh elections? What about alliance possibilities?
RPN Singh: Rahul Gandhi has raised the issue of farmers in Uttar Pradesh. We are concerned about them. Regarding farmers’ problems and their debt, our organisation is working at the grassroots level. We are in the field and hope to perform better in Uttar Pradesh. Any decision on alliances will be taken by our top leaders.
After joining the BJP, Rita Bahuguna Joshi questioned Rahul Gandhi’s leadership in an interview with us. Why are leaders leaving the Congress?
RPN Singh: It’s a normal thing before elections. Many leaders are joining Congress. In Punjab, many top leaders have joined Congress after leaving BJP and AAP. Earlier, Rita Bahuguna Joshi was with Samajwadi Party, then she was with congress. Congress had given a lot of things to her. She was UP Congress chief, her brother was the Uttarakhand CM. But now she is looking for more and has joined the BJP.
After the surgical strike by the Indian Army, Rahul Gandhi had called the PM a blood broker. Many people slammed Rahul’s statement. What is your reaction?
RPN Singh: We praise the Indian Army’s valour and sacrifice because of it, people sleep safe in their homes. But the BJP plays politics with the Indian Army’s valour and sacrifice. And we oppose that kind of politics. The work of the Army should not be used for political purpose. That would be correct for better politics.