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AgustaWestland scam: Top 5 quotes from Subramanian Swamy’s speech in RS

Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday attacked Congress leaders over the VVIP chopper scam in Rajya Sabha.

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo/TV grab)

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday made his debut speech in the Parliament on Wednesday with a direct attack on Congress leaders on the AgustaWestland scam.

Here are some of his key quotes in the House today:

* AgustaWestland has got nothing to do with vendetta, we are at an early stage of prosecution.

* Objective of purchase was VVIPs will be able to fly at greater heights. 

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* People who lowered height was not NDA. It is a lie to say that NDA Govt was one which changed specification of height. But objective was that VVIPs should be able to fly to remote areas such as Siachen/north-east and therefore ought to fly at heights above 6000 metres & should be out range of shoulder rockets.

* They (UPA) didn’t use AW101 aircraft (which was bought) for field trials but used some other helicopter, which is fraud in its itself

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* Original proposal was to buy eight helicopters. After it became clear that Agusta was the only one to qualify, they decided to buy four more.

* Air Force in January 2006 gave their benchmark estimate for this deal as 793 crore. This was approved by the then Defense Minister AK Antony.