Shiv Sena takes a dig at BJP for targeting Congress over VVIP chopper deal

British AgustaWestland AW101 'Merlin' HC3A in June 2012 (Source: Wikipedia, Cpl Phil Major ABIPP RAF)
In a sharp dig at BJP for targeting the Congress top brass over the chopper deal, Shiv Sena today reminded its senior ally of the blunder committed by the Janata Party regime which directed all its energy against Indira Gandhi, which eventually helped her return to power.

"We have been reminded of Indira Gandhi during the Janata Party regime. It was Janata Party which had actually helped her get back to power. Despite having the mandate to govern, its leaders were after Indiraji as if their sole aim was to trouble her," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana.'

"What is the difference in today's situation? Today the BJP has been elected to power to solve people's issues. The chaos over the AgustaWestland deal could have been avoided. Instead of an inquiry, certain people are being repeatedly targeted. This reminds us of Indiraji," it said.

Stating that the then Defence Minister A K Antony had conceded to irregularities in the deal and had ordered an inquiry, Sena sought to know what the BJP government had done to arrive at any conclusion after it came to power.

"There is no need to show leniency to Sonia Gandhi and her party men if they indeed have indulged in a scam. But why help the party to revive? The truth is that lessons should have been learnt from Bihar elections. Despite BJP fielding party veterans for campaigning, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav won and even the Congress' showing was good," it said.

While the government's aim appears to put Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi behind bars, problems like unemployment, corruption, blackmoney have remained unresolved, the editorial added.

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