The Congress party has reacted sharply to the Agusta Westland allegations following the extradition of Christian Michel. It has said that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “latching” on to Christian Michel, for a “smear campaign” against opposition leaders.
Congress’ chief spokesperson and Communications-in charge, Randeep Surjewala, in a statement, alleged that facing “imminent defeat” in state polls, Prime Minister Modi and the BJP government were seeking to “weave a web of lies” and construct a “mesh of deception to hoodwink” the people of India in the chopper case.
BJP has ‘3M’ Strategy in Agusta Case-‘Misguiding,Mudslinging & Misleading Nation’
PM Modi is ‘Protector & Benefactor of #AgustaWestland –is making loud noise to hide own misdeeds!
BJP wants to ‘manufacture’ false evidence rather than discover the truth of their own ‘Corruption’ pic.twitter.com/gfAoip5zcW
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 5, 2018
In his rally in Rajasthan on the last day of campaigning before the state elections on December 7 , Modi referred to the extradition of Michel saying, “The government has brought the middleman involved in a helicopter scam from Dubai. He served politicians and will now disclose secrets.”
Surjewala accused the Modi government of indulging in a “cover up conspiracy” to hide its role in helping and promoting the “banned company” AgustaWestland and its parent company, Finmeccanica.
“While the BJP and PM Modi are seeking fake credit without being subjected to investigation by the CBI for their own complicity and connivance, they are latching on to Christian Michel for committing a smear campaign against opposition leaders. The truth qua Christian Michel is already out in the open,” he claimed.
Surjewala alleged the statement made by Michel’s advocate Rosemary Patrizi Dos Anjos after his detention in July had “clearly brought out” that the Modi government and its agencies were forcing him to sign a false confessional statement naming UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for complete exoneration from any charge whatsoever in the case.
“Even Christian Michel’s sister had come out and reiterated the coercions of falsely naming opposition leaders as a ticket of exoneration of Christian Michel,” he said.
He claimed that never before in the history of India has a prime minister been found “complicit” in gaining “false evidence” against opposition leaders to seek “revenge”.
Surjewala also said it was time that CBI investigated the prime minister for his alleged role in “exonerating” AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica instead of “weaving a fake story” to deflect attention from the “imminent defeat” in five states.