“Am not afraid, have nothing to hide,” says a combative Sonia Gandhi on AugustaWestland row
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today refuted allegations of any wrongdoing in Augusta Westland deal.
Claiming that she has nothing to hide, a combative Gandhi said,"Let them take my name, I am not afraid, accusations they are levelling at us are false"
"This Govt is in power for 2 years now,why did they not complete the inquiry," she added.
Party leader Ahmed patel, whose name also figured in the Italian Court's judgment copy, said, If their ia an iota of truth in what is being said then they should hang us."
Fireworks in Rajya Sabha after Swamy names Sonia in VVIP Chopper deal
Disruption continued for third consecutive day in Rajya Sabha as BJP trained guns at Congress on the Augusta Westland deal.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12pm after continued uproar by Congress when Subramanian Swamy starts speaking on AugustaWestland scam.
Congress MPs stormed the Well of the House after Swamy named Sonia in VVIP Chopper deal.
Swamy was snubbed by deputy Chairman P J Kurien after he took name of the Congress president
"The name of the member of the other house can't be taken. Since this is your first day, I am not admonishing you. But the name would be expunged," Kurien said.
The Congress has made its own demand for a discussion on AgustaWestland demanding to know why the defence manufacturer accused of corruption was taken off a blacklist by the Narendra Modi government.
Citing a newspaper report of an alleged meeting between Indian PM and his Italian counterpart in which Modi had reportedly tried to trade Italian marines with evidence against Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad took on the NDA government asking whether the deal has been struck
Earlier, today top Congress leaders met this morning at party chief Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath residence to strategise.
AgustaWestland’s Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force had been scrapped by the government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents.
In January 2013, India cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate whether kickbacks were paid to Indian officials.