Brand-new DELHI: Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi, the BJP on Wednesday asked the Congress president to use her “old relations” in Italy to find out why an Italian court mentioned her name in AgustaWestland corruption case and said more revelations are on the way.
Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the government will fulfil the Congress chief’s demand for a thorough probe whose modalities will be decided once defence minister Manohar Parrikar has actually made a statement in Parliament on the issue.
“The truth is that the Italian court documents carry some facts and her name is there. Names of some senior ministers (of UPA government) are additionally there. She must have actually some contacts in Italy. She should find out from her old relations why the court gave such order after two years.
“Why the court wrote such things that has actually created such a big trouble for her in India. If it is vendetta, she should ask the Italian court about it,” Rudy, minister of state for parliamentary affairs, told a press conference, making a reference to Gandhi’s Italian origin and her today’s charge that allegations versus her and other Congress leaders are part of a strategy of character assassination.
“She asked what the government did in the last two years. We will do a thorough probe. Whatever you want will happen … More revelations will come,” he said sarcastically, adding there is a lot of evidence. The government has actually nothing to hide, he said.
He additionally rejected the Congress’s charge that the NDA government had removed AgustaWestland from the blacklist and said any government transaction along with the company remains banned. “There is no relaxation,” he said.
Rudy additionally hit out at leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad over his remark that the charges versus his party leaders may have actually something to do along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting along with his Italian counterpart during an UN event last year.
“This is a brazen lie, fabricated and imaginary. Congress is using untruth as its shield to divert attention,” he said.
Several BJP members have actually given a notice for discussion on the issue in both the Houses of Parliament and Parrikar will reply to it, he said.