May 1, 2016 3:45:06 am
Facing an attack from the Centre and the BJP over the AgustaWestland chopper deal, the Congress Saturday went on the offensive, alleging that the NDA government had been “helping” the firm. It said the BJP had been “protecting” the company for the last two years as investigations by the CBI and the ED had made no progress.
Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala threw a volley of questions at BJP president Amit Shah, who had Friday targeted Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in connection with the case.
Claiming that Shah had called AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica a “fraud company”, he asked, “Will Shah and the BJP answer why the same fraud company was permitted to be part of Prime Minister’s Make in India programme and participate in Aero India Exhibition?”
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Besides, the company was given permission by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to set up an assembly unit at Indian Rotorcraft Ltd — a joint venture between AgustaWestland and Tata Aerospace — in October 2015, he said. The company, he said, was also given permission to participate in defence contracts.
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