New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday made a statement on the AgustaWestland issue in Lok Sabha. The Defence Minister accused Congress of favouring AgustaWestland and said it did not take any action against the company. Parrikar said Congress created single vendor situation in AgustaWestland deal and the evaluation was done in Italy.
Congress, in its reply, said that Defence Minister is making irresponsible statement and isn’t talking on the basis of facts. Veerappa Moily said that even the Italian judge has said there is no evidence but still BJP govt is accusing Congress party.
The Rajya Sabha session also started on a bitter note with Opposition parties demanding apology from Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu over the Bundelkhand water crisis issue. The Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal denied that the train was sent to Bundelkhand region by the rail minister.
Here are the updates:
06.20 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11am on May 9.
03.13 pm: When truth is bitter, people spit it out: Manohar Parrikar on Congress walkout from Lok Sabha.
03.10 pm: Congress walked out because they were not ready to hear: Manohar Parrikar outside Lok Sabha.
02.56 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 4.30 pm.
02.55 pm: What we could not do in Bofors, may be we can do it in Agustawestland: Parrikar
02.53 pm: We will get the documents regarding Agusta very soon.
02.47 pm: You require a criminal mind to think about a criminal but you don’t have to be a criminal.
02.35 pm: Though ED & CBI doesn’t come under me, I am monitoring the matter myself: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
02. 32 pm: Scindia is a liar. He took total liberties with the truth, says Parrikar.
02.27 pm: Defence Minister is making irresponsible statement. He isn’t talking on the basis of facts. Even the Italian judge has said there is no evidence: Veerappa Moily
02. 25 pm: Congress walkout from Lok Sabha as Manohar Parrikar gives his response on AgustaWestland matter.
02.20 pm: Uproar in Lok Sabha as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gives his response on AgustaWestland matter.
02.19 pm: Field trial was not done right, says Parrikar.
02.17 pm: Parikkar: This process started in 1994; not 1999. It’s the first line in CAG report. Cabin height was raised to 1.8m…..by UPA government. I’m placing in the House NSA’s minutes of meetings. From 9/5/05. I’m putting it on the table.
02.15 pm: Parikkar challenges Congress: You want me to take names? I’ll take. I’ve got the courage. I go by Parliament practices.
02.13 pm: The debate in the House today reminds me of the TV debates that happen at night, with 8 inset windows: Manohar Parrikar.
02.11 pm: The issue is who benefited and where did that money go: Kirit Somaiya in LS
02.10 pm: Kirit Somaiyya raises links between IDS Infotech and Santosh Bagrodia (without naming).
02.07 pm: Wants to know from RM about Pilatus deal: Kirit Somaiyya
02.00 pm: Kirit Somaiyya raises questions over Gautam Khaitan and Haschke’s business interests.
13.45 pm: “I want authenticated documents of what he’s claiming”: Parikkar (RM had first raised objection when Scindia spoke of Michel’s claim that Italian and Indian PM met and struck a deal in NY)
13.41 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia calls Sonia Gandhi a ‘Sherni’.
13.39 pm: Judge Maiga gave a clean chit to the Gandhis: Jyotiraditya Scindia in LS
13.35 pm: BJP is protesting against the bogus and corrupt AgustaWestland. But the same govt invited the company for its Make In India expo in 2015: Jyotiraditya Scindia
13.33 pm: We have put our balance sheet in the House. Now it’s BJP’s turn: Jyotiraditya Scindia
13.29 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia says “Our government asked ED and CBI to initiate an investigation in this.”
13.27 pm: On Feb 15, notice was sent to Agustaawestland by the BJP govt: Jyotiraditya Scindia
13.26 pm: The fact is that the proceedings for the deal started in 1999. In 2003, they changed the chopper height to 4,500 metre.
13.25 pm: The norms were relaxed in 2003 by the NDA govt and not the UPA govt.
13.20 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia says BJP is famous for its blame game tactic.
13.17 pm: We are ashamed that the names of Indian politicians have come up in the bribery case: BJP
13.14 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia raises objection to Nishikant Dubey’s CAG comment.
13.09 pm: CAG is Corruption and Gandhi: Nishikant Dubey.
13.05 pm: Anurag Thakur asks if the Centre is aware of the meeting between Congress member with Christian Michel.
13.01 pm: One of the Congress member went to meet Christian Michel in Dubai: Anurag Thakur
13.00 pm: Congress’ corruption stamp has been visible in all previous scams related to defence.
13.00 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm.
12.55 pm: Why was evaluation done in Italy when the helicopters were for India, asks Anurag Thakur.
12.51 pm: Why was preference given to an Italian company? What love is this that UPA has for Italy?
12.50 pm: Anurag Thakur speaks in Lok Sabha.
12.45 pm: UPA did not take any action against company. It was almost made compulsory by circumstances that you acted: Parrikar in LS
12.43 pm: Tyagi and others washed their hands in ‘behti Ganga’……I’ve asked ED to find where the behti Ganga reached. I’ve not named anyone. I can vouch for the figures without referring to papers. It is our endeavour that we will take action: Parikkar
12.38 pm: CBI registered FIR in matter in March 2013, but copy of FIR was not forwarded to ED till Dec: Manohar Parrikar in Lok Sabha
12.28 pm: Benchmark cost given by CNC(Contract negotiations committee) was 6 times higher than that of AoN (Acceptance of Necessity): Defence Min in Lok Sabha
12.26 pm: Call the attention of the Minister of Defence regarding the recent disclosure by the court of appeals, Milan, Italy, on alleged irregularities in augusta westland helicopter deal in 2013.
12.25 pm: Congress created single vendor situation in AgustaWestland deal : Manohar Parrikar in Lok Sabha.
12.20 pm: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar speaks on AgustaWestland issue in Lok Sabha.
12.06 pm: House adjourned for fifteen minutes.
12.04 pm: Two years ago, people would only talk about corruption. Have you heard of corruption being spoken about now: Kiren Rijiju on Congress
12.03 pm: Why are you disrupting the question hour: Hamid Ansari to Oppn.
12.02 pm: Congress party members protest against the arrest of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
12.01 pm: BJP calls itself ‘Agust house’ and Congress ‘Agusta house’: Oppn in Rajya Sabha
12.00 pm: Question hour starts.
11.55 am: House adjourned till 12 pm.
11.53 am: Congress leaders including Kumari Selja in the well of Rajya Sabha.
11.52 am: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha.
11.48 am: Odd-even has failed in its second phase: Vijay Goyal
11.46 am: On the one hand, Centre talks about Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao…..on the other hand, girls are dropping out of school. Centre should send a committee to Rewari: Kahkashan Perween
11.45 am: Girls are dropping out of schools because they are being eve-teased by men. What is govt doing about it, asks Kahkashan Perween.
11.35 am: Dr. Raja raises JNU issue in Rajya Sabha. He says that the situation in the university is serious. The students are on hunger strike and Kanhaiya Kumar has been shifted to AIIMS and govt is still thinking.
11.20 am: When we learnt that Bundelkhand may need water, we sent 10 tank wagon.
11.15 am: Naresh Agrawal says Bundelkhand is not parched. The govt is just doing politics.
11.10 am: In the name of water and drought, nobody should do politics: Mayawati
11.09 am: Rajya Sabha resonates with slogans by Oppn parties.
11.07 am: Papers laid on the table
11.05 am: Oppn demands apology from Suresh Prabhu
11.04 am: No need to politicize drought issue, says Mukhtar abass naqvi
11.03 am: Sharad Yadav: Bundelkhand is in deep problem and both the govt should work for it.
In the name of water and drought, nobody should do politics.
11.00 am: Session starts in Rajya Sabha.