New Delhi: Following the big AgustaWestland chopper deal controversy, the Congress party on Wednesday dared the ruling dispensation at the Centre for discussion on the same.
Reacting on the issue, Minister of State Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that Government of India will not have transactions with AgustaWestland as it stands blacklisted.
The following two contractors have been banned:
The Minister also said that the then Government of India did not cooperate and did not allow investigations to take place, but now probe will take place in full speed.
“If they have any complaint about character assassination, they can blame the court of Italy. She (Sonia Gandhi) should blame the Italian court,” said Rudy.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy also denied any kind of ‘witch-hunt’ against anyone on the AgustaWestland chopper deal controversy and asked the Congress party leaders to approach the Italian court if they have any complaint about “character assassination”.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister also targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi and said that “No one wants to hide anything, not even the Centre. Whatever is known publicly is what has been shown through media… but more important is the Italian court which has shown facts that names Sonia and her former Ministers. If its vendetta, then she should ask Italian court what is their vendetta.”
“We will complete the probe with new evidences. Depending on what course the probe will take, we will come up with our reply.”
Amidst the controversy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on twitter:
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, talking to media after a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her official 10, Janpath residence here, expressed his disappointment over a report published in a leading English daily with regard to the VVIP helicopter deal.