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Whenever you think of kickbacks in the defense deal, think of Congressional leaders: Ravi Shankar Prasad of the BJP

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No deal without a deal and no deal without a cut has been the policy of congressional leaders, the BJP said on Tuesday, attacking the opposition party over reports of bribery allegedly received by its members in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

Demanding responses from Congressional leadership, BJP Leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that from the Jeep scandal, the Bofors scam to the submarine scandal and several others, congressional leaders on their behalf made a “mockery” of national security.

Citing a media report on the key defendant in the helicopter deal mentioning the names of senior congressional leaders such as Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel, and Kamal Nath’s nephew, Ratul Puri, he said: “Whenever I think of a commission illicit in a military agreement, think of some leaders in Congress. ”

“No defense deal without spoils, no defense deal without bribes, and no defense deal without some congressional leaders benefiting from it has been the policy of congressional leaders,” the BJP leader said at a press conference. . The president of Congress and “the prince of the party” have to answer to the people, Prasad said.

In 2010, there was talk of buying AgustaWestland helicopters for VVIP as the president and prime minister at a cost of Rs 3.6 billion, Prasad said. Two years later, media reports revealed that bribes had been given in the deal, the union minister said.

Although the UPA-2 government led by Manmohan Singh had ordered a CBI investigation, no progress was made until the BJP-led government NDA was formed in May 2014. Thereafter, arrests were made in the case, Prasad said.

Now, the key defendant in the case, Rajiv Saxena, has mentioned the names of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri and his son Bakul Nath, along with the names of other congressional leaders, Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel. , in his statements before the Prosecutor’s Office. Direction (ED) said.

“The BJP demands that the Congress party not keep silent on this serious issue. The nation is awake and listening, “said Prasad, asking” why do we always get the names of the leaders of Congress when a defense agreement refers to an investigative agency. “

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