AgustaWestland scam:Rahul says he’s happy to be targeted

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sought to brush aside BJP’s attempts to drag him into the CWG and VVIP chopper scams, saying he is “happy to be targeted”.

“I am always being targeted, happy to be targeted,” he aid on Tuesday in response to allegations about his aide’s role in the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

He was asked about BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s letter to ED and CBI asking them to check Gandhi’s links with a real estate developer allegedly involved in the CWG scam and also the alleged connections of his political aide with a middleman in the AgustaWestland deal.

Somaiya had said that Guido Haschke, an alleged middleman in the chopper deal is common in both the scams and that he is linked to Christian Michel, an accused in the VVIP chopper scam.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had alleged on Monday that Rahul and his aide Kanishka Singh were connected to Guido Haschke, one of the middlemen in the AgustaWestland scandal.

Haschke’s name also comes in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. In 2009, Haschke was a director at Emaar-MGF, that is promoted by Kanishka’s relatives.

Kirit Somaiya had asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to “check” Kanishka’s links with Emaar-MGF that was allegedly involved in the CWG scam.

“Emaar-MGF was involved in the CWG scam. There too, there was Guido Haschke. This cannot be a mere coincidence,” Somaiya said.

Previously, Sonia Gandhi had rejected as “baseless” allegations linking her and party leaders to bribes in the chopper deal, calling them an attempt at character assassination.

“I am not afraid of anyone cornering me as there is no basis to that. All the accusations they are throwing at us are false,” Gandhi had said a few days back as the BJP sought to target her on the deal.

“Where are the proofs. They are lying,” Gandhi had said.

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