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Congress trying to divert attention from Agusta, alleges Naidu

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu today accused the Congress of trying to divert the attention of people from AgustaWestland scam by raising "unnecessary" issues in the House after the opposition party demanded a discussion on a CAG report on KG basin project

Congress trying to divert attention from Agusta, alleges Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi

"Congress party wants to divert the attention of the people from Agusta chopper scam. So they are raising unnecessary and unconcerned issues in Parliament," Naidu saidoutside Parliament while referring to disruptions in Rajya Sabha.

Congress today sought a discussion on the latest report of CAG listing alleged irregularities in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation's KG basin gas project and forced three adjournments in Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session demanding a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Naidu said it was a state matter and the Congress was raising the issue "at a wrong place and for the wrong reason".

"Today in the Rajya Sabha they did not allow the House to function and Rajya Sabha was adjourned repeatedly for this. There was no reason for it," Naidu said. He pointed out that Gujarat state petroleum corporation issue is a state subject. "CAG has given some reports on it so according to the Constitution, report will go to the Governor.

Then Governor will ask for it to be tabled in the House so it will go to the PAC. It is the law and everyone knows the rule."

Quoting the Constitution, Naidu said, "Under Article 151, the reports of CAG relating to the accounts of Centre shall be submitted to the President, then it will be laid before each House of Parliament. The rule is clear. Congress is also aware of it."

"I hope they understand this is Parliament and not state legislature. So they are making an issue at a wrong place and for a wrong reason."

Targeting the Congress for announcing gherao of Parliament, Naidu claimed the opposition party has many things to hide so it was trying to divert the issue.

"They just want to divert the burning issue because they have many skeletons in the cupboard," he said. Questioning the Congress' intention, Naidu said, "We would like to know why they are hesitating on a discussion on Agusta scam.

"They are bent upon disturbing Parliament. They have given notice for gherao of Parliament. Opposition should insist on discussion in Parliament but they want to gherao Parliament.

"People elect us to come to Parliament they want to gherao Parliament. It is a political gimmick. This is part of their misinformation campaign but the country should know the facts."

He also said there is no link between GST and AgustaWestland issue and GST is not in the cold storage. "We want GST (Bill) to to be passed."

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