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AgustaWestland deal: BJP most welcome to reveal details, Sonia Gandhi says

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the BJP is "most welcome" to make revelations related to the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Defence minister Manohor Parrikar was scheduled to make a statement in the Rajya Sabha on this issue. It seems that the defence minister will argue before the lawmakers that AgustaWestland was helped by the Congress-led UPA government to win the Rs 3,600 crore deal by making changes in chopper specifications. It is notable that then IAF chief S P Tyagi had approved the changes.

Talking to NDTV, Sonia rejected BJP's allegation that her son Rahul's aide, Kanishka Singh, is connected to the chopper deal. The allegation was made by BJP Lok Sabha MP Kirit Somaiya on Tuesday.

Parrikar may argue aggressively about the role played by the UPA government in this deal and also talk about UPA defence minister AK Antony's six-page note putting the Agusta deal "on hold" just days before the announcement of 2014 Lok Sabha results on May 16.