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DESCRIBING THE BJP government at the Centre as “corrupt”, the CPI on Tuesday demanded a probe into the alleged financial irregularities in business dealings of BJP national president Amit Shah’s son Jay.
“There are reports that the turnover of Jay Shah’s company increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in a year. Why is not the central government ordering a probe into it? The corruption in BJP is increasing and we have been continuously saying that the government led by BJP is corrupt,” said CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy told mediapersons in Kolkata.
A report published by The Wire alleged that a company run by Jay had allegedly posted a turnover that was 16,000 times more that of the previous year.
Reddy also claimed that there have been allegations of corruption against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, but no probes have been ordered in such cases. Senior CPI leader D Raja, meanwhile, demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the matter.
Backing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s remark that the Centre had transitioned from ‘Beti Bachao’ to ‘Beta Bachao’, Raja demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah come out with a statement on this issue. “We support what Rahul Gandhi has said today. He has made a sarcastic comment and sarcasm is very much a part of politics,” Raja said.
Urging Modi and Amit Shah to issue a statement on the matter, he added, “Both claim to be champions of the anti-corruption campaign.” This was the time for them to practise what they preached, the CPI national secretary told mediapersons in the city. Questioning the silence of the PM, he said: “The allegations are against his own party president’s son. We want to know why he is silent.”
Reddy, meanwhile, said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should be replaced with an economist to save the country’s economy. “The economic situation of the country is getting worse day by day. The best package for the country’s economy would be to replace Arun Jaitley with an economist. The current finance minister has been a complete failure,” he claimed.
He added that attempts were being made to form the “broadest possible platform” against the BJP-RSS with the secular, democratic and Left parties, including the Congress.
Asked whether Trinamool Congress could be a part of this front, Reddy said: “The political situation is different in different states. So, the state units will take a call on it.”
However, CPI deputy general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta ruled out the possibility of the Mamata-led party being a part of the platform. “Let the Trinamool fight the BJP on its own. We do not want to take a party like Trinamool, which itself is slaughtering democracy in the state (West Bengal), along with us,” he said. WITH PTI