New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon following ruckus over the AgustaWestland deal.
The Congress leaders continued their uproar and stormed the well of the House as BJP’s Subramanian Swamy raised the issue after the Rajya Sabha took up the matter for the second time today.
The Congress Party earlier today dared the ruling dispensation at the Centre for discussion on the chopper deal.
Talking to the media after a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her official 10, Janpath residence here, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge expressed his disappointment over a report published in a leading English daily with regard to the VVIP helicopter deal.
“We will move an adjournment notice for discussion. There is a report published in a newspaper…We are ready to discuss the Augusta Westland issue in the Parliament,” Kharge said.
The meeting, which was attended by several Congress leaders including Anand Sharma, Randeep Surjewala and Jyotiraditya Scindia, comes in wake of a report published in The Hindu wherein James Christian Michel, the accused middleman in the chopper deal, has offered himself up for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Michel told The Hindu from Dubai yesterday that he was willing to answer all questions from the Indian investigators in order ‘to clear’ his name, but insisted he had never met the Congress president or a ‘single Gandhi’ in his life.
Agusta Westland’s Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force was scrapped by the UPA government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents. In January 2013, India cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate the matter.