Chopper scam: Cong steps up attack on Modi in RS and LS

Gives notices for breach of privilege against the PM in both the Houses

New Delhi: Stepping up attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress gave notices for breach of privilege against him in both Houses of Parliament over his remarks against party president Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland issue, even as the party members continued their protests.

The government, however, remained defiant, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday asserting in the Rajya Sabha that the ‘Prime Minister is entitled to speak on corruption’ both inside and outside the House and he cannot be ‘gagged’.

His statement came after Congress member Shantaram Naik said he has given notice for breach of privilege against Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over the PM’s remarks at an election rally on the AgustaWestland issue. Naik contended that ‘lies’ had been told outside the House about UPA leaders taking money in the chopper deal.

Jaitley, who is the Leader of the House, retorted, “Since when has an election speech by one politician against another outside the House started to be construed as breach of privilege?”

He further said that political speech outside by one politician against another is for ‘publicity’ like the Congress members have been doing yesterday.

Party leaders stage dharna

Congress members yesterday staged a ‘dharna’ in the LS after the party was disallowed from raising the issue of Modi’s attack on Sonia Gandhi, regarding which a notice for privilege motion has been given by it. Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ravneet Singh and Ranjeet Ranjan sat in the Well of the House to register their protest.

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