What we could not do in Bofors, we may do in Agustawestland: Manohar Parrikar
New Delhi: Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar today mounted a blistering attack on the Congress over the Augustawestland helicopter deal by concluding concluding his speech in Lok sabha today by stating “what we could not do in Borfors we may do in Agustawestland.”
Parrikar accused the the previous Congress led UPA Government for not taking forward the investigation into the Agusta chopper deal. He put both the CBI and the Enforcement directorate in the dock on this count. Parikkar especially named the previous Enforcement director saying the file relating to the Agusta deal was kept locked in a drawer by the Enforcement Director. The investigation was ttaken up seriously only when Mr. Arun Jaitley was holding the Defence and Finance portfolios, he told the House.
The former Air Chief S.P Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan (whose names have figured prominently in the Agusta deal) are small people who had only washed their hands in the flowing Gaga (of corruption), Parrikar said adding the Government will now find out where the river was flowing.
The Agusta contract was signed in 2010, whereas Tyagi had retired in 2007, Parrikar said pointing out that the former Air Chief might have might have got just a fraction of what was paid off.
In the meanwhile the Congress staged a wakkout demanding a Supreme Court monitored time-bound investigation.
Outside Parliament, the Congress organised a “Save Democracy” rally at Jantar Mantar and the message the Congress party was giving to the people is that the Government and the ruling BJP was trying to murder democracy by destabilising democratically elected governments. The placards the Congress activists were carrying with the slogan “Save Democracy were carrying the faces of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son-in-law Robert vadra and Vice Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress leaders, including Ms. Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi later tried to lead a protest march defying orders. They were briefly arrested and released at the Parliament Street Police station