VVIP chopper scam: Govt trying to cover up, says Rudy

The government's divided stand over the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with Italy showed that it was trying to cover up the matter, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Tuesday.

"AK Antony had said yesterday that the chopper deal will be scrapped, and today Salman Khurshid said that he is against the deal being scrapped. Such contradictions proves that the government is trying to cover up the issue," Rudy said.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy. AFP

Rajiv Pratap Rudy. AFP

On Manmohan Singh willing to discuss the issue in Parliament, Rudy said, "Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh often says he will discuss scams in Parliament. Does he think the Parliament has become a forum to legitimise corruption? This is what the public wants to know."

The BJP is holding a Parliamentary board meet at LK Advani's residence today to discuss its strategy to corner the UPA government over the VVIP chopper deal scam during the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

Speaking about a constable obtaining the private call data records of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, Rudy said it was a matter of great concern.

"The Delhi police has admitted that it was involved in the phone tapping. Other private parties too were involved. There seems to be a larger conspiracy behind the incident. It is a matter of great concern," Rudy said.

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