Angry exchanges between opposition Congress and ruling BJP members over Subramaniam Swamy seeking to drag Sonia Gandhi’s name in the controversial AgustaWestland helicopter contract bribery case led to two adjournments of the Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session.
However, Gandhi’s name was later expunged by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. Swamy had raised the issue through a zero hour notice, his first intervention since he took oath in the House yesterday, and referred to the allegations made by Christian Micheal, the middleman in the scandal, through a letter in the High Court of Italy.
Swamy named the Congress President saying that she is involved in the scam. This was vehemently opposed by the Congress members and they rushed to the well of the House demanding action against the member. They argued that a person who is the member of the other house and not available to defend herself should not have been named.
Deputy Chairman of the House asked the agitating Congress member to return to their seat. He adjourned the House repeatedly following the uproarious scenes created by the agitated Congress members.