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Sonia had close association with Quattrocchi

Guwahati: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi had a close association with Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, who was a "regular" at her house.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi had close association with Quatrochhi, who was a regular at her house. Though I am not making an allegation against any person, but people should know the details as our image has been internationally tarnished (due to Bofors pay-off scam)," Advani told an NDA rally at the conclusion of the BJP national executive meet.

"It is common knowledge that the Bofors issue was suppressed by the government. Even the Income Tax Tribunal had pointed out Quatrochhi had taken commission from Bofors and be taxed accordingly, but the CBI suppressed it," Advani alleged.

"Our image has been tarnished. I appeal to the Prime Minister to either protest or order further investigation," he said.

On corruption in Congress-ruled Assam, Advani said he was told by rights activist Akhil Gogoi that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had acquired five houses in the USA. "If this is wrong, Gogoi should take action and if he does not then the public has full right to accept that this a fact."

On the illegal migration to Assam, he demanded the Congress government to implement in letter and spirit the Supreme Court directive that illegal influx should be viewed as aggression on the country.

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