Chopper deal: BJP ask Government to come out with facts and names of beneficiaries

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 10:40 hrs

Accusing the Congress Party of creating confusion on the issue of alleged corruption in the AgustaWestland deal for 12 VVIP choppers, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asked the government to come out with actual facts and the names of the ultimate beneficiaries of kickbacks during the upcoming budget session of Parliament.

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the government will have to come out with a clear-cut stated position whether the deal has been cancelled and the company has been blacklisted or not.

"The government is not coming out with any stated clear position that either the deal has been cancelled or not, they are just creating confusion by their reactions. Some Congress leaders are saying the Prime Minister is not in favour to cancel the deal; some are saying the Minister of External Affairs is against it," said Sinha.

"The government will have to answer many more questions during the upcoming Budget Session. They must be prepared. We have been not informed whether the deal has been scraped and the firm has been blacklisted or not, they will have to answer it. The External Affairs Minister has gone on record to say that the deal should not be cancelled. They will have to also reveal the name of the ultimate beneficiary of the kickbacks," he added.

When asked about the Italian court's refusal to share the documents related to the case with India, Sinha said: "It will be most unfortunate, if the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) team and the (MoD) Minister of Defence official have gone there without adequate preparation and without being properly equipped with all the legal devices."

Earlier in the day, the BJP held its Parliamentary Executive Committee meeting here and decided to raise chopper deal issue along with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remark, and the drought situation in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra very strongly in the upcoming Budget Session beginning from January 21. (ANI)

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