Hitting back at the Congress, the BJP on Wednesday accused Rahul Gandhi’s office of playing a role of “instrument of corruption” during the UPA rule and said the Congress had lost its “sense of proportion” as it could not level a single charge of graft against Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose credibility was “unparalleled”.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar’s attack on the Congress chief came on a day when the latter accused Modi of being an “instrument of corruption” and targeted him over escape of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, who are accused in different scams. Such baseless allegations recoil on those who make it, the BJP leader said while listing a number of corruption cases allegedly involving the Congress.
Responding to the charge, Javadekar told PTI that the Congress is synonymous with corruption and recalled former Union minister Jayanthi Natarajan’s letter to the then party chief Sonia Gandhi about interventions by Rahul Gandhi’s office in her work. It is the Congress which injected corruption into the body politic of India and its culture of corruption “destroyed” the country, he claimed.
“The Congress is synonymous with corruption and Rahul Gandhi’s office has played a role of instrument of corruption in scams… This (her letter) is a testimony to that,” he said. Let Rahul Gandhi tell the country why the 2G licenses were “arbitrarily” allotted, prompting the Supreme Court to cancel it, how and on whose messages coal block allocations were made, he asked.
Javadekar noted that the then prime minister Manmohan Singh had signed coal block allocation files as he held the coal ministry portfolio and that the apex court had cancelled these allocations. The Congress chief’s “baseless” allegations against the prime minister was driven by his party’s “frustration” as Modi’s credibility is”unparalleled” and the opposition party could not level a single charge of corruption against him, he said.
“In desperation, the Congress has lost all sense of proportion. Such baseless allegations recoil on those who make it,” he said. Javadekar also raked up the Bofors case, asking who made it possible for Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi to flee with his loot and who unfroze his back account.