Facing opposition attack over the Uttarakhand crisis, BJP today sought to corner Congress over the VVIP chopper scam and Ishrat Jahan issue, alleging that the UPA government stood with LeT to prove a “terrorist” as a nationalist. In the first Parliamentary Party meeting after the Session began yesterday, both issues besides the row over President’s Rule in the hilly state were deliberated and senior union ministers Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu articulated the party’s position on different matters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the meeting. Jaitley told the MPs that the whole world knew that Ishrat was a “terrorist and LeT operative” but Congress and the then Home Minister P Chidambaram allegedly tried to help her and whitewash the case, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told the media after the meeting.
“This was the first time that a Home Minister was trying to prove a terrorist as a nationalist. The Home Minister appeared to be working with LeT,” he charged, adding that it was done to politically finish Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, and Amit Shah, then a minister in the state government.
“The national would not have seen something as abhorrent and shameful as this,” he said, adding that there would be a discussion on this in Parliament.
The Agusta Westland issue was also taken up and the new revelations, he said, had exposed Congress and proved that it was all about scams. The opposition party would have to answer, he said. BJP has also issued a whip asking all its members to be present in both the houses.
On the Uttarakhand issue, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said BJP was willing for a discussion when the matter is scheduled for a debate in Parliament. However, there would not be any new discussion on this as it has to be taken up in Parliament anyway, he said.