I’m glad to be targeted, says Rahul Gandhi to BJP on Agusta Chopper Deal

Rahul Gandhi
 As soon as BJP announced plans  to target Congress vice president on the AgustaWestland deal in the Parliament ,Rahul Gandhi said that he was happy to be targeted, after the BJP accused one of his aides of being linked to the chopper deal
“I was always targeted. I am happy to be targeted,” Gandhi told the media
 “A lot of people like to play victim. If he wants to play that, he’s welcome to,” shot back union minister General VK Singh of the BJP.
 General Singh’s party colleague Kirit Somaiya has said that Rahul Gandhi, the 45-year-old No 2 of the Congress, owes an explanation in the AgustaWestland scam. He says Mr Gandhi’s top advisor, Kanishka Singh, is linked to a middleman who paid bribes in exchange for Agusta, an Anglo-Italian firm, to be chosen as the supplier of 12 helicopters to India. The deal was cancelled in 2014 after Italian investigations uncovered details of kickbacks.

He was responding accusations by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya that Kanishka Singh, an aide to Gandhi, was involved in the AgustaWestland and the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) scams.
Somaiya said Kanishka Singh had shares in Emaar MGF Land Ltd, a real estate company that also has as a director, Guido Ralph Haschke, who is an accused in the AgustaWestland case.
“Emaar MGF was formed by the family of Kanishka Singh, who is advisor/Principal Secretary to Rahul Gandhi,” Somaiya said. He urged the government to check the links between the companies and Gandhi.
Kanishka Singh has dubbed the allegations as “baseless, false and given with an ulterior political motive”.
A statement from the Congress accused Somaiya of making false allegations against Kanishka Singh with malafide intent since February 2013.
“Kanishka Singh … has absolutely nothing to do with the matter. Singh wishes for parties, including AgustaWestland or Hashke or Emaar-MGF, to be punished in the harshest possible way if found guilty,” it said.
Added Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala: “Instead of relying on media leaks, insinuations, innuendos and falsehood, the BJP government should conclude the inquiry (against AgustaWestland) and give the harshest punishment to those found guilty.”
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