We've better things to do than targeting Rahul Gandhi: Venkaiah Naidu

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has said Sonia Gandhi received bribe in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

We've better things to do than targeting Rahul Gandhi: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the government has better things to do than targeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

“We are targeting poverty, education, and focusing on employment generation... We've better things to do,” the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said when asked to comment on Rahul Gandhi's statement that he was happy to be targeted by the BJP.

Naidu's comments came after Rahul, while reacting to BJP's allegations that one of his top aides Kanishka Singh was closely linked to the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, said, “I am always being targeted, happy to be targeted.”

Further expressing his views on the VVIP chopper deal, Naidu said, "It's a matter concerning the security of the country and a dirty scam took place during the UPA regime."

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has levelled serious charges against Sonia Gandhi saying, he believes that the Congress president received bribe in the Rs 3600 crore deal.

Commenting on the alleged VVIP chopper scam, Swamy said, “The bribe paid had not come to India, it has been deposited in foreign banks. According to me, Sonia Gandhi was given bribe and she deposited the money in Sarasin Bank in Geneva and Pictet bank in Zurich.”

The chopper deal resurfaced after an Italian court last month referred to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others in connection with the chopper deal but gave no details of any wrongdoing by the two leaders.

AgustaWestland's Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force was scrapped by the then UPA government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents.