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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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2016 9:40:54 pm
Subramanian Swamy, Rajya Sabha, AgustaWestland, Congress, Subramanian Swamy Rajya Sabha, Subramanian Swamy congress, Subramanian Swamy congress attack, parliament news, india news 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. 

Read: Invisible hand guided action or inaction in AgustaWestland probe, says Parrikar

* 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

Read: If you have all evidence take action, don’t threaten, says A K Antony to Govt

* 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.

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