I have not expressed any reservation: Salman Khurshid on scrapping of VVIP chopper deal
"I have not expressed any reservation at all. I have only said what sounds sensible. The decision has to be a collective decision of the government, led by the Ministry of Defence; let them take a decision. I don't think we should take decisions in the media, in the streets of the country," Khurshid told media here.
"We have nothing to hide. It's an outright, objective procedure that has been followed. Keeping all that in mind, the Defence Ministry will recommend what it thinks is the appropriate decision," he added.
Khurshid had earlier expressed his reservation on the defence ministry's plan to scrap the deal. He had also stressed that the final decision would be taken when the issue would be brought before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), the highest decision-making body on defence-related matters. Both Khurshid and Defence Minister A.K. Antony are members of the CCS.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier in the day criticised the government for speaking in different tunes over the need to cancel the deal.
"Till yesterday, we heard the Defence Minister that he is going to scrap the 3,600 Agusta helicopter deal. And he admits that there is corruption, the Defence Minister admits that there is a kickback, which has taken place. But here today, we see the External Affairs
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