Asian Age Correspondent
New Delhi, 27 April 2012. The ghost of Bofors returned to haunt the Congress yet again with both Houses of Parliament rocked by a matter that first hit the headlines nearly 25 years ago. Both Houses witnessed adjournments with the Opposition, led by the BJP, attacking the government on the issue of alleged pay-offs made in the purchase of Bofors guns when the late Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister.
In the Lok Sabha the issue was raised by senior BJP leader and former defence minister Jaswant Singh just as Zero Hour began. He was largely heard in silence by the Treasury benches as he launched a scathing attack on the government on the recent charges made by a now retired Swedish police chief regarding pay-offs.
Later, as the Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam responded to the Opposition’s charges on Bofors, BJP members trooped into the Well of the House shouting slogans. They continued their sloganeering and yet Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House only after Mr Nirupam had completed his speech.
Jaswant Singh told the LS: “The correct weapon was acquired but it was acquired in a wrong manner … You (Congress) have paid, we have paid. The nation continues to pay.”