A day after the Congress attacked Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh over alleged corruption during the UPA-1 tenure, the Gurgaon MP has hit back dismissing the charges against him.
According to reports, the BJP leader, who was earlier with Congress, said that Kirit Somaiya had raised some allegations against him but no proof was found by the CBI.
He expressed his anger over why people were getting “frustrated and levelling baseless scam allegations” against him.
While Congress MP Rajiv Satav posted the link to the communication by Somaiya in 2011 on his Twitter handle, party spokesperson Shashi Tharoor on Friday questioned how can it be that “one is corrupt when in UPA and is non-corrupt when in the BJP”.
Singh, who was earlier in Congress, was a Minister of State in Defence in UPA-I. He joined BJP just before the Lok Sabha election. In his communication, Somaiya had then alleged Singh’s role in grabbing of defence land in Kandivili Mumbai, and had even calling it an “Adarsh II scam”. He had demanded action against the then MoS of Defence Singh.
Replyiing to a question on it at the AICC briefing, Tharoor said that the BJP attacked the same people when they were in Congress and then the “same BJP appoints the same people in their ministry. Does it mean that they were purely political positions.”
He wondered how can it be that one is “corrupt when in UPA and is “non-corrupt when in the BJP”. Satav also took a jibe on it on Twitter noting “good days” while giving the link to a media report as well as Somaiya’s letter.
(With PTI Inputs)
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.