New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on the Modi government and Congress over the AgustaWestland chopper scam, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Prime Minister does not have “enough courage” to arrest Sonia Gandhi and that the two parties have an “alliance in corruption”.
Congress workers stop a train while protesting against the AgustaWestland Chopper scam near Allahabad Railway Station on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Questioning the Congress on the issue of the PM’s alleged “fake” degree, Kejriwal also said that the two parties had a “setting” that the BJP government will not arrest Gandhi in chopper scam and the Congress will not raise the matter of Modi’s educational qualification.
“The Italian Court order also has names of Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, certain officers and Congressmen, but Modi is not able to gather enough courage to arrest Sonia Gandhi, to ask her even two questions, to interrogate her...”
“Modiji you have been made PM to take action not to leave the task for Italy court... Our chest would also be of 56 inch if you would have sent her to jail... when my PM says that Italy’s court is taking Gandhi’s name, and not him... I want to ask Modiji why are you scared of her?” Kejriwal said, addressing a rally at Jantar Mantar here. Questioning the progress of the investigation in the chopper deal, Kejriwal alleged that there hasn’t been an “inch” of movement on the probe, despite the Modi government coming to power on the assurances that the corrupt will be taken to task. “What investigation did they do in AgustaWestland case in two years? The Italian government completed investigation, filed the cases in court, judgment came and those who were involved in paying bribe were sent to jail.”
No one will be spared: Parrikar
Ramping up the attack against the Gandhi family on AgustaWestland issue, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the government will not hesitate to take action against them if they are proven guilty, asserting no one is above law, whether “first or the last family”. He also took a dig at Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks that the Modi government does not have “enough courage” to arrest Sonia Gandhi, saying the Delhi Chief Minister was feeling left out because he did not get any media publicity for the last 10 days as the focus has been on the VVIP chopper scam.
The minister, while referring to his statement in the Lok Sabha in which he hoped to do what could not be done in the Bofors case, said, “We have the intention and seriousness, and I will ensure that proper and good attempts are made. So. there is every possibility we may be able to (do).”