After three videos allegedly showing Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) national convenor Hardik Patel in compromising condition went viral, party leader Dinesh Bambhaniya has alleged that top leadership of the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hatched a conspiracy to defame and frame Hardik in a rape case.
Bambhaniya alleged that the conspiracy has been hatched under the directions of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani. He informed that PAAS will take legal recourse against this in the court of law. Gujarat BJP, however, refuted the allegations and said that the party has nothing to do with the ‘CD Scam’ and that it appears to have occurred owing to the internal disputes among PAAS leaders.
Addressing a press conference in this regard, Bambhaniya said on Thursday, “As Hardik has support of women, BJP has systematically conspired to destroy the agitation and to defame Hardik. And we have got all the information on that.”
According to Bambhaniya, Rs 40 crore were given to prepare such CDs and the conspiracy involved Vipul Mendapara from Surat and an industrialist by the name of Bimal Patel are part of the conspiracy.
There are 52 CDs of PAAS convenors prepared by the BJP, of which 22 are related to Hardik, Bambhaniya claimed.
Meanwhile, on the same day, former close aide of Hardik, Chirag Patel, joined the BJP in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. Chirag was among the first set of persons along with Hardik to start the agitation. He is also facing a sedition case in which his co-accused is Hardik.
After wearing the saffron sash, Chirag said, “Patidar quota stir has no more remained community’s agitation and it has become agitation of Hardik, who is using the money, he got for community, in his aiyashi (pursuit of pleasures). We had been hearing such things earlier also, but used to keep mum in the interest of the community as there was no evidence.”
On the other hand, addressing the press conference, Bambhaniya did not give clear reply on whether the CDs contain morphed material or Hardik and other PAAS convenors were honey-trapped.
“Vipul Mendapara was given big fund to subject Hardik Patel to a situation alike Narayan Sai, (son of self-styled godman Asaram, who is in jail under rape charge),” Bambhaniya alleged.
The PAAS leader further alleged that as part of the conspiracy, one girl has even been paid Rs 3 lakh to lodge a rape complaint against Hardik. “Vipul is financially broken and there are cases of cheating filed against him…Currently he has been taken to underground and police bandobast is mounted at his residence,” alleged Bambhaniya. He also alleged that some top police officials, including a Commissioner of Police, a Superintendent of Police and two Police Inspectors are also involved in the conspiracy.
We have all the evidence that we will produce as and when required, Bambhaniya claimed.
“We do not have faith in Gujarat police as it has lost its credibility. As we said there are top police officials of Gujarat police who are involved in this (conspiracy). So, we are taking legal opinion and then will take resort of court (of law.)”
Another PAAS convenor accompanying Bambhaniya claimed, “If Hardik is arrested (in rape case) then Gujarat will witness scenes which were witnessed two years back.”
Refuting all the allegations levelled by Bambhaniya, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel addressed a press conference and said that BJP has nothing to do with the ‘CD Scam.’ “The PAAS convenor should take legal steps instead of making baseless allegations….Only to achieve political interest, they should not misguide the community…The PAAS Conveners who are only speaking as per Script of Congress party, should come out and seek apology of the people of Gujarat instead of hiding their deeds,” said a BJP party release quoting Nitin Patel.
Nitin Patel also made counter allegation while suggesting that the entire controversy of ‘CD Scam’ seems to have cropped up owing to the internal disputes among PAAS convenors over ‘sharing the money that they got from Congress party to run the agitation.’