How BJP outsmarted Congress during the Agusta debate

Skilful handling of the debate on Agusta chopper deal gives BJP the upper hand

How BJP outsmarted Congress in the #AgustaWestland debate
How BJP outsmarted Congress in the #AgustaWestland debate

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he BJP totally outsmarted Congress during the debate in Rajya Sabha on the Agusta Westland chopper scandal. All anticipated Subramanian Swamy will initiate the debate and Congress was very sure that he would take the name of Sonia Gandhi. Their plan was to disrupt the House as soon as Swamy names Sonia. Swamy as well as BJP leaders till yesterday afternoon were boasting that they would mercilessly attack Sonia, come what may and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar would table his speech and give it to the media. Congress held a strategy meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s home on Tuesday evening. The plan perhaps was to disrupt the debate totally as soon as Swamy names their party head. And as all secretive strategies go, this was selectively leaked to the media which went to town with it.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi had different ideas. On Tuesday, a meeting was held with Swamy and Parrikar at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Parliament. In the evening, another round of meeting was held at the PMO on the details to be brought in Parliament about the chopper deal. Parrikar charted out the major points to be exposed during the BJP MPs speech.

Firstly, the BJP leadership decided to change their speaking order. They led with Bhupender Yadav as the initiator of the debate. Parrikar gave the basic points to Yadav and the hard hitting ones to Swamy, enabling him to launch an all-out attack. This was totally unexpected. Yadav spoke in a cool manner and brought out all the details about the Chopper scandal and the wrongdoings that happened. The Congress plan was to field Abhishek Singhvi to counter Swamy’s allegations and nullify what Swamy spoke about the Italian Judgment.

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]B[/dropcap]ut since the BJP led with Yadav, Congress floor management plans got messed up and Singhvi ended up speaking before Swamy and actually helped him by suo moto talking about the Italian Judgment. So all the controversial points in the Italian Judgment came out from the Congress side and the plan to expunge Swamy’s controversial remarks were futile. Due to Singhvi’s speech, the Italian judgment became part of the Rajya Sabha proceedings. Otherwise, Congress could have used its might to expunge these from records if Swamy made observations against Sonia. After Swamy’s all out attack, Anand Sharma, and Antony’s speech had no teeth. About the only strategic thing Congress got right was to keep Manmohan Singh silent. Perhaps they knew Singh might collapse if he speaks.

Congress never thought their lies (colorfully termed Terminological inexactitudes by Swamy) floated through media that Vajpayee Government changed the flying height from 6000 meters to 4500 meters would be exposed. Defence Minister A K Antony was speechless when Swamy pointed out how Air Force prescribed Bench Mark Price of ₹753 crores ($113.2 million) was unjustifiably approved to ₹4937 crores ($742.1 million). The increase of cabin height to favour Agusta was also done during Antony’s regime. All these points were found by Parrikar’s meticulous research, squeezing it out of a work-shy bureaucracy.

This debate has energised the BJP MPs, facing the Congress rule the roost in Rajya Sabha for the past two years. Through Swamy’s speech Modi has sent a strong message to Sonia Gandhi and the top Congress leadership. It has inflicted fear on them. It was evident from Ahmed Patel and Antony’s speech about the possible recording of statement or questioning by CBI and ED sleuths on the wrongdoing in the Chopper scandal. In a nutshell, the better strategy won the day as the Government put all facts on record, facts that Congress wanted to expunge or destroy through disruption of the House.

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  1. This is a very good write-up. I have been trying to find out exactly this, which is hardly done in Indian media as they just do reporting ‘A’ of ‘A’ and ‘B’ of ‘B’.

  2. BJP should sustain the momentum till the punishment to the accused is met. We see them making lot of fuss in the beginning but letting loose soon ( Black money case, Vadra Cases to mention a few)

    • The BJP can never and ever take action against the Congress. The blokes (Cong.) am sure are having a file on every corrupt BJP leader in their possession.

      It would be devastating to corner Cong. by the BJP……. both are bloody chors

  3. Bringing in Mr Swamy is a great move. But a bigger move, which can help BJP in all respects and make things difficult for congress, is to change the FM and I&B minister.

    • Your application for Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister has been rejected due to incompetency. Try to be more pragmatic than dogmatic & apply again.

  4. Well done DrSwamy, great to read this but when will the caged parrots/ED be let loose on the wrong doers?Will all the under / over secretaries involved in this skulduggery fattening their posterior on public funds questioned on this deal?Will the crooks especially dalals get thumb screw treatment to get at the truth?Will arrests of culprits in congress be the objective?Will the crooked press barons who took the money exposed/arrested and given thumb screw treatment?Are people like me wasting our time thinking cleaning up will start? Unfortunately DrSwamy, you are not the PM , so our expectations are very low on corruption clean up.

  5. The strategy to initiate the proceedings by Mr. Bhupinder Yadav worked well. Mr. Yadav spoke well and was not interrupted by Congress members. Mr. Subramania Swamy, as expected, hit the nail hard. Good coordination between Mr. Parikkar, Mr. Swamy and Mr. Yadav.


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