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first_imgSharma also claimed that a businessman “close to” Modi Sharma also claimed that a businessman “close to” Modi has entered into an MoU with AgustaWestland. But he refused to name him. The BJP fielded Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to attack the Congress on the chopper deal. He asked the defence minister in the Manmohan Singh government A K Antony to name the party leaders allegedly involved in the scandal. “Bribe-givers have been convicted. Why are bribe-takers silent? Antony should answer if leaders of Congress are involved in it or not. Are they from your party or not? Please come clean,” he told a press conference. BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi should come out with a clarification over the alleged mention of her name in the Italian courts order. “Her government was the champion of corruption. She must issue a clarification over the mention of her name by the court,” he told the media. Subramanian Swamy, who took oath as the newly-nominated member of Rajya Sabha today and the bete noire of Congress first family, will rake up the chopper deal issue in the Rajya Sabha for which notice has been given. Meenakshi Lekhi is expected to do the job in the Lok Sabha tomorrow. A top BJP leader said it is significant that for the first time the bribe giver has been convicted but still people do not know who the bribe-taker is. The Aircel Maxis issue is likely to be raked up by Anurag Thakur in the Lok Sabha while in the upper house it may be raised by Bhupender Yadav. Similarly, the Ishrat Jahan case pot will be stirred by Kirit Somayya in the Lok Sabha. PTI Team VSCadvertisementlast_img read more