New Delhi: Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party members and the founders of the new political party Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Thursday in a press conference launched a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government and raised questions over the role of middlemen in Defence deals and as to why no action had been taken against them. 

Raising questions over the inquiry on the role of middlemen in the Scorpene deal and the Rafale fighter jet deal with France by the BJP government, Yogendra Yadav allegedly accused the PM Modi-led government at the Centre as well as the previous Congress regime and said that the government was trying to cover up key middlemen by stopping the enquiry in the scams.

Prashant Bhushan had filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court for the same. 

During the press conference, Yogendra Yadav gave two reasons for the BJP not pursuing the inquiry in the defence deals—one, that the BJP’s own people were involved in the scams and that’s the reason why the Centre was not keen in revealing the names of those concerned; two, Yadav said, was that if the Centre decided to reveal the names of the accused in the Scorpene deal they would be forced to follow the laws of the land and blacklist the French company Thales. 

In the Scorpene deal scam, around 1,000 crore rupees were alleged to have been paid to government decision makers in the cabinet by the French company Thales. Yadav alleged that the Congress regime had aided the middlemen in the Scorpene defence deal and now the Modi-led government too was shielding the accused.

India’s recently signed the Rafale fighter jets deal worth 7.8 billion euros ($8.84 billion) with France.

In this entire controversy, Prashant Bhushan also raised questions on BJP leader Varun Gandhi that he leaked secret infromation about defence and arms deals.

While reacting on allegations by Prashant Bhushan, Varun Gandhi said, “Prashant Bhushan’s allegations are baseless; will file a defamation lawsuit against him.” 

“I was the member of Defence committee but when we were not briefed or told about any kind of secret talks then how could I have leaked them,” Varun said.
 
“Defence committee mei member tha lekin wahan jab koi secret baatein hume batayi nahi jati to phir kise leak karenge?” Varun Gandhi
 
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar while speaking on Rafale deal said, “It is the best deal ever.”

First Published | 20 October 2016 8:02 PM
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