The Parliament, in its second week of the Budget Session, had a set of controversial round of discussions on Wednesday. The BJP and the Congress clashed over the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam in the Rajya Sabha. On Wednesday's session the Parliament is slated to discuss the Finance Bill and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a statement about the VVIP chopper deal on Wednesday and launched a strongly-worded offensive against the UPA government over the issue. He said that the 'country wants to know who instigated, supported and benefited from the corruption.'
The Opposition members created a ruckus in the house, almost throughout the speech, while the Defence Minister alleged that the choppers were bought at an inflated price and no realistic basis for price negotiation was provided. He said that it appears that an 'invisible hand' was guiding the actions or inaction of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, on Monday had accused the government of defaming the Congress through the mudslinging in the AgustaWestland scam
Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday announced that it will gherao Parliament on 6 May to highlight a range of issues that include imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, drought and “deceit and deliberate lies” against the party.