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Jaitley finds parallel with Bofors row, refers to ‘Q’

Jaitley slammed UPA government by pointing out that even Italian middlemen knew about who called the shots in government.

New Delhi | Published: February 3, 2014 1:25:16 am

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley Sunday equated the alleged irregularities in VVIP chopper deal to Bofors scam and suggested that the middlemen’s budget sheet about kickbacks reminded him of Martin Ardbo’s diary on the gun deal that referred to ‘Q’.

“The revelation in The Indian Express with regard to the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal appears to be a repeat of what we witnessed in the late 1980s. Martin Ardbo’s diary was seized. He was head of the company which manufactured the Bofors gun. Amongst various disclosures, the diary hinted at the protection of ‘Q’,” Jaitley said in a signed article posted on his website. “Admittedly, kickbacks have been paid in the VVIP helicopter transaction… The abbreviated initials mentioned on the account sheets remind me of Martin Ardbo’s diary,” he said.

Jaitley slammed the UPA government by pointing out that even Italian middlemen knew about who called the shots in the government.

“The Indian Express in the first instance points out as to who calls the shots in the decision making in the Government of India. Even the Italian middlemen perceived that important decisions in India were being influenced by Mrs Sonia Gandhi. The Prime Minister at best is one of the several advisors to her. The middlemen are clever people. They do their homework before coming to conclusions,” Jaitley said.

“Sonia Gandhi should indeed be worried. How is the Government of India perceived by people in India and outside? Is it a government of gold diggers? Has the UPA which she heads subverted India into a kleptocracy? Is the government which she controls a filth machine? The government indeed has a very corrupt image,” Jaitley said.

He said Sonia was trying to duck this image deficit of her government with her attempts at polarising the election discourse. “Faced with these adversities, the UPA chairperson resorts to the last refuge of the desperate. Her ‘poison cultivation’ remark is only intended to communally polarise an election which is otherwise being contested on the agenda of development.”

Cong hits back

NEW DELHI: The Congress Sunday dismissed reports that one of the alleged middlemen in the VVIP chopper deal for AgustaWestland had advised officials of the company to “target” the closest advisers of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to bag the contract and slammed the main Opposition for raking up the Bofors issue once again. “Firstly, it is unclear whether the list is anything more than a list of powerful politicians.

The names are merely listed as information of powerful people. It has nothing to do with allegations of bribery except in the imagination of the BJP,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told The Indian Express. “The election season has become sensationalism season again for the BJP,” he said hours after the BJP targeted
Sonia Gandhi. ENS

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