Taking on Defence Minister A K Antony who made a suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha on the ongoing investigation into the VVIP chopper deal scam, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley has said it is not “rocket science” to decipher the abbreviations of alleged politicians that have come to light in a note generated by the middlemen that divided the “kickbacks” into several heads. Jaitley has taken on the minister for suggesting that the word ‘FAM’ referred to the Tyagi family (cousins of former Air Chief S P Tyagi) and has said the term ‘family’ in the Indian context has a very particular meaning.
“When words in their natural course are understood to have a particular meaning, why should the word ‘Family’ be given a meaning other than how it is understood in India?,” he said on his website Saturday.
Elaborating that he is commenting on the matter as the disruptions in Rajya Sabha may not allow a debate, Jaitley said the abbreviations mentioned in the ‘budget sheet’ of the middlemen — first reported by The Indian Express — are understood in the Indian political context.
“Is it rocket science, in the political arena, to decipher the abbreviation mentioned in the note sheet? Is it not unusual for middleman to be referred to as ‘Family’?,” he said.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.