As the BJP launched a counterattack levelling corruption charges against Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat and referred to scams in other Congress-ruled states in Rajya Sabha, Congress accused the government of “blackmailing” the Opposition and said the ruling party should not force it to pay it back in the same coin, arguing the BJP has “elephant” and “camel-sized” skeletons in its cupboard.
The BJP counter attack and release of a sting CD took Congress by surprise. The party put up a brave face and rejected demand for Rawat’s resignation, saying “it was only speculation that there were other people involved”.
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Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We are neither scaling down nor hitting below the belt as the BJP is trying to do. They are now trying to divert attention from the Vyapam and Lalit Modi affairs… They should remember that they have skeletons the size of elephants and camels in their cupboard,” he said.
On Uttarakhand, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said an FIR has already been lodged against Mohammad Shahid, Rawat’s personal secretary who was seen in the CD purportedly bargaining with middlemen and private liquor distributors to tweak the liquor policy.
A probe has been ordered by the state government and the officer has been relieved of duty, he said.