Day of protests: Congress-BJP take AgustaWestland fight to Delhi streets

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It was an eventful Friday in Delhi as the BJP and Congress’ acrimony spilled from the Parliament on to streets in the form of party protests.

While the Congress took out a ‘Save Democracy’ march from Jantar Mantar, MPs of the NDA staged a dharna in front of the Gandhi statue outside the Parliament building.

If the opposition Congress was protesting the “deceit and deliberate lies” being spread by the saffron party, the ruling BJP counter them on the issue of corruption citing the AgustaWestland chopper deal as a case in point.

Debates on the chopper scam have thrown Rajya Sabha sessions out of gear this week, with the BJP alleging that top Congress leaders received bribes paid by the Italian firm to ensure the contract was awarded to them.

NDA leaders also raised slogans against the Congress leadership and claimed that people in Delhi were worried with the judgment of an Italian court.

The protests come ahead of a debate on the AgustaWestland scam slated in Lok Sabha on Friday in which defence minister Manohar Parikkar is expected to reply to a calling attention motion.

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