VVIP chopper deal: Amit Shah attacks Sonia Gandhi; asks for names of those responsible

Congress President Sonia Gandhi PTI
BJP chief Amit Shah today launched a sharp attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over the VVIP chopper scam and asked her to name those who received the "kickbacks".

"All I want to ask her is that those who gave bribe are in jail in Italy, then where are those who received the kickbacks? Who were in power at that time? They are responsible and they should bring out the truth. It should be disclosed before the people of the country," he said.

Taking a jibe at Gandhi over her remarks yesterday that she does not fear anybody, Shah said she is "right" and that is why such "scams" keep coming out in the open.

"That is why when the National Herald corruption case happens, you say you do not fear anybody. When the AgustaWestland case occurs, you say you do not fear anybody... I want to tell her that we in Bhartiya Janata Party are afraid of the Constitution, rules and public norms," he said.

"I think she should come out of this mindset about whether she fears anybody or not and make it clear before the people that when it has been proved by an Italian court that bribe was given, then who received the money. Who are responsible?" he asked.

Taking a dig at the UPA government, he said it was a "rare dispensation" as scams under it were reported when it was in power and they continue to be reported even two years after it was voted out.

Gandhi had yesterday rejected as "baseless" allegations linking her and party leaders to bribes in the chopper deal, calling these an attempt at character assassination.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel