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PM is protector, benefactor, promoter of AgustaWestland: Congress

ANI  |  Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] 

on Wednesday said that is making "loud noise" to "hide his own misdeeds as he is the protector, benefactor, and promoter of AgustaWestland".

"has '3M' Strategy in the Agusta Case -- misguiding, mudslinging, misleading the nation. BJP wants to manufacture false evidence rather than discover the truth of their own corruption," Surjewala said.

"and the BJP government are seeking to weave a web of lies, perpetuate falsehoods and construct a mesh of deception to hoodwink the people of in the helicopter purchase and its parent company Finmeccanica," he said.

Rupees 3,600 crore VIP helicopter deal, finalised during the UPA regime has got mired in allegations of kick-backs.

He further alleged that the Modi-led government is indulging in a cover-up conspiracy to hide its alleged role in helping and promoting a banned company and its parent company,

"What is the most intriguing part of the conspiracy is the undisclosed reason on part of the Prime Minister government for permitting a blacklisted company AgustaWestland to get clearances from (FIPB) and permit its entry as partner or to various Indian corporate. Simple question is, why has the CBI not investigated Agusta nexus," asked Surjewala.

He said that banning of AgustaWestland and its parent company, was undone by despite the pendency of a (CBI) case and despite the violation of the 'integrity clause', for which its contract was terminated.

"Not only this, sought a special opinion from its in July 2014 and permitted Agusta Westland/to be part of make-in-and bid for 100 Naval utility helicopters besides clearing its investment proposals through (FIPB) for the manufacture of AW119 helicopters in partnership with Incidentally, was for part of this tenure," said Surjewala.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 22:20 IST