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BJP seeks AK Antony`s resignation

BJP today demanded Defence Minister A K Antony`s resignation, upping the ante against Government over the controversy surrounding Army Chief`s allegation that he was offered bribe for clearance of Tatra truck contracts.



New Delhi: BJP today demanded Defence Minister
A K Antony`s resignation, upping the ante against Government
over the controversy surrounding Army Chief`s allegation that
he was offered bribe for clearance of Tatra truck contracts.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Prakash
Javadekar (BJP) questioned whether the minister was
patronising corruption as no action has been taken against
anybody though a probe was ordered two years back.

He rejected Antony`s contention that he did not act on the
Army Chief`s information on bribe offer in absence of any
written complaint and claimed that a written complaint did
exist.

"If the probe in Tatra trucks is continuing from 2009 to
2011, if it is not completed in two years, then this
government and this Defence Minister are trying to cover up
corruption. If you are patronising corruption, you have no
right to remain in power. The Defence Minister should resign,"
Javadekar said.

The BJP leader told the House that Union Minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad had written a letter to the Defence Minister two
years back demanding a probe into the matter. Azad was not in
the House.

He said the defence ministry had even informed Azad that
the probe was going on. He demanded that the contents of the
findings should be made public.

Javadekar also demanded to know what action was taken into
the matter and who were found guilty.

PTI

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