Smriti Irani wants Congress to come clean on Bofors, BJP flogging dead horse, counters Congress


Union minister Smriti Irani has asked Congress to come clean on the Bofors issue and the involvement of its leaders in the alleged scam.

Irani told reporters that its leaders, including its chief Sonia Gandhi, have been shown to be too eager to grab undue benefits whether it is a matter of an air ticket upgrade or a scam like the Bofors deal.

Quoting from private detective Michael Hershman’s interviews to some media houses, she said he was asked by then Finance Minister VP Singh to look into the Bofors deal but was later offered bribe and then given death threat when he stumbled on the evidence of bribe.

The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi shifted Singh to the defence ministry while Hershman was also asked to implicate Singh, she was quoted by PTI.

Congress, for its part, hit back at the BJP for raising the Bofors issue, saying that the ruling party was “flogging dead horses”.

Chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, “BJP is clutching at straws to save Shah_Zada. ‘Beta Bachao Abhiyan’ won’t succeed by flogging dead horses of Bofors by discredited ministers.”

His tweet came hours after Union minister Smriti Irani sought to put the Congress in the dock on the Bofors issue, citing claims of a private detective Michael Hershman involved in its probe.

The minister asked the Congress to come clean on the involvement of its leaders in the alleged Bofors scam.


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