New Delhi: Sparks flew in the Rajya Sabha yesterday after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy dragged Sonia Gandhi’s name in the Agusta Westland helicopter bribery case, triggering angry exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches.
As soon as Swamy (above) named Gandhi, Congress members angrily stormed into the Well. Pics/PTI
Congress members, who called Swamy a “CIA agent”, created bedlam, forcing repeated adjournments of the House in the pre-lunch session. However, Chairman Hamid Ansari prevailed on the agitating members to take up the Question Hour. Swamy raked up the issue of Agusta Westland chopper case through his first Zero Hour intervention soon after the House met for the day.
He referred to the allegations reportedly made by Christian Michel, the controversial middleman in the R3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, through a letter to the High Court of Italy. As soon as Swamy named Gandhi, Congress members angrily stormed into the Well.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien immediately adjourned the House for 10 minutes lest the situation went out of hand. When the House re-assembled, Kurien expunged Swamy’s reference to Gandhi saying he should not name a member who cannot come and defend himself or herself. Gandhi is a member of the Lok Sabha.