'Where are the proofs?' Sonia rejects allegations in AgustaWestland case

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday rejected allegations linking her and party leaders to bribes in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and said she is not 'afraid' of being 'cornered' on the issue.

PTI April 27, 2016 13:20:45 IST
'Where are the proofs?' Sonia rejects allegations in AgustaWestland case

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday rejected allegations linking her and party leaders to bribes in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and said she is not "afraid" of being "cornered" on the issue.

She asked the government what it has been doing in power for the last two years on the issue and demanded that the
ongoing inquiry be completed impartially.

"I am not afraid of anyone cornering me as there is no basis to that. All the accusations they are throwing at us are
false," Gandhi told reporters in Parliament complex as BJP sought to target her on the deal.

Where are the proofs Sonia rejects allegations in AgustaWestland case

File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTI

"Where are the proofs. They are lying. They are part of a strategy of character assassination which we have known these people indulge in," Gandhi said.

Referring to the Modi government, Gandhi asked what has it been doing over the last two years.

"The government is there for the last 2 years. What are they doing? Inquiry is there, why don't they complete it? Complete it as soon as possible, impartially," she added.

Gandhi's political secretary and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also rubbished the allegations against him and the party as "absolutely baseless."

"This government, when they are saying all these things outside and inside the Parliament, why can't they investigate," Patel said.

"If there is something against me, they should find out and they should hang me," he said when asked by reporters for his reactions over the allegations.

The comments of Sonia Gandhi and Patel come in the backdrop of BJP move to target the Congress President and
other party leaders on the issue of bribes in the AugustaWestland chopper deal during the UPA regime in a bid to corner the main opposition party which has been paralysing Rajya Sabha on the Uttarakhand affair.

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