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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cong, BJP trade fire over Choppergate

After a showdown over central rule in Uttarakhand, Congress and BJP clashed over `Choppergate' in Parliament, with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi rejecting allegations over her name figuring in Italian court documents by saying she had done nothing wrong and demanding a quick and impartial probe.

Going on the offensive in response to BJP's allegations of corruption in high places in the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the Congress president said, “I have done nothing wrong. The government is there for two years, an inquiry is there. Why don't they complete it as early as possible...and impartially?“ Speaking briefly to the media, she added, “Where are the proofs? They are lying. This is part of their strategy of character assassination.“

The court documents relating to the conviction of two Italian executives for graft in the chopper deal refer to “Signora Gandhi“ as a “driving force“.The papers also refer to former PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia's political secretary Ahmed Patel and senior leader Oscar Fernandes, along with former national security adviser M K Narayanan.


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