Sonia must say who gained from VVIP chopper scam: Shah

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Hitting back at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP president Amit Shah asked her on Thursday to clarify who were the beneficiaries of the VVIP chopper scam.

“It has been established by an Italian court that kickbacks were given. Rather than saying she is not afraid of anyone, she (Sonia) should clarify who received the kickbacks,” Shah told reporters.

“Who was in the power then? It was UPA. They should bring out the truth.”

Gandhi had on Wednesday said she was not afraid of the bribery allegations made against her.

Shah said: “She might not be afraid of anyone but we the leaders of BJP are afraid of the Constitution, democracy and public modesty.”

He said the Congress was a unique party whose corruption deals were coming out even two years after it was ousted from power.

“When the Congress was in power, its corruption deals were coming out every day. This is still going on even after two years of loosing power.”

Shah’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with senior ministers over the scam.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and his junior Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

A combative Congress on Wednesday dismissed the bribery charges in the VVIP chopper scam.

The Congress in turn accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to help the Italian firm which had been blacklisted.

A Milan court sent Finmeccanica’s former CEO Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland ex-head Bruno Spagnolini to jail for false accounting and corruption in the sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India.

The court ruling refers to Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, her secretary Ahmad Patel and also former Indian Air Force chief S.P. Tyagi.

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