26 November, 2020

'Can Sonia Deny The Quattrocchi Link?'

Taking time off from a hectic schedule, Atal Behari Vajpayee spoke at length on a wide range of issues to Ishan Joshi on board the aircraft ferrying him on the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh. Excerpts:

'Can Sonia Deny The Quattrocchi Link?'

There seems to be a change in your tactics vis-a-vis Sonia Gandhi, whom you had refrained from attacking personally till now. Is that because her campaigning for the Congress has begun to have an impact?

There is still no personal attack, in that sense. But the point is that she is leading the Congress campaign and has herself raised Bofors. So all three have become intertwined. Now that the Bofors issue has been raised, we are not going to leave it at that. Who received the kickbacks in the Bofors deal? The name that has been mentioned is that of Ottavio Quattrocchi. Can Soniaji deny her family's links with Quattrocchi? Why have successive governments adopted such a casual attitude in trying to secure his extradition? All the Bofors papers need to be made public and that is what I told the prime minister both times I met him. If the Swiss government objects to making the papers public, the government should at least begin the prosecution of those suspected to be involved by filing chargesheets, on the basis of the CBI's 250-page report submitted to the government...



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