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BJP plans to corner Congress over VVIP chopper scam, Ishrat case

The BJP has asked all its lawmakers in both Houses to be present in Parliament all of this week. The party is putting together its arsenal to counter the opposition on Uttarakhand and is gearing up to attack the Congress over the VVIP chopper scam and Ishrat Jahan issue.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the MPs that the 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.

The Agusta Westland issue was taken up and the new revelations had exposed Congress and proved that it was all about scams. The opposition party would have to answer, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

On the Uttarakhand issue, Naqvi said BJP was willing for a discussion when the matter is scheduled for a debate in parliament.

Naqvi said the BJP members expressed happiness at Modi government's efforts to empower farmers, villages, poor and the youth, claiming that the world is acknowledging India's progress and development.

The BJP defended the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand and Naqvi said the constitutional machinery in the state had broken and it was a state without a budget. The govt. wanted to take up in the Rajya Sabha an important bill aimed at the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes but Congress did not allow it.