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BJP up in arms to corner Congress on AgustaWestland, Ishrat Jahan case


New Delhi: In a bid to corner the Congress Party after it launched a tirade against it for imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, the ruling dispensation has decided to raise issues of AgustaWestland Chopper scam, Aircel Maxis scam and the Ishrat Jahan case in the Parliament on Wednesday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, who was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member yesterday, will raise the AgustaWestland row in the Upper House, while party MP Meenakshi Lekhi will raise the issue in the Lok Sabha.

AgustaWestland’s Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force had been scrapped by the Indian Government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents.

In January 2013, India cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate whether kickbacks were paid to Indian officials.

The party will also demand a discussion on the Aircel Maxis scam, in which the role of former finance minister P. Chidambaram has been questioned.

BJP MP Anurag Thakur will raise the Ishrat Jahan issue in the Lok Sabha, while Kirit Somaiya has already given notice to discuss Aircel Maxis issue in Lower House.

Chidambaram’s son Karti has reportedly amassed a huge amount of wealth through his dealings between 2006-2014, when his father was a cabinet minister in the UPA regime.

According to reports, the investigators of the case have found the details of Karti’s investments during their probe of the alleged acquisition of telecommunication company Aircel by Malaysian company Maxis.

Chidambaram is also likely to come under attack by the ruling party in connection with the affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan case.

Chidambaram has been accused of changing the affidavit to conceal Ishrat’s alleged terrorist links. (ANI)

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