Congress steps up pressure on Amit Shah, defends Vadra

Congress steps up pressure on Amit Shah, defends Vadra

The Congress on Tuesday strongly defended its president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, while demanding an enquiry by two sitting Supreme Court judges into the business dealings of BJP national president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.

Fresh charges have emerged against Vadra following a TV news report that “absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari booked business-class tickets for Vadra in 2012”. On the other hand, Jay Shah’s business reportedly saw massive revenue growth a year after the BJP came to power.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in power for 41 months. The BJP is in power in Haryana and Rajasthan as well, the states where Vadra is facing allegations. In these 41 months of witch hunting, they (BJP leaders) have not been able to point out any violation or wrongdoing on Vadra’s part,” AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters here.

Surjewala posed 10 questions on Jay Shah’s business dealings. “How did the business of Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd, a company owned by Amit Shah’s wife, daughter-in-law and son Jay Shah, increase 16,000 times in one year? What is the magic wand by which a company earning a surplus of mere Rs 18.8 lakh between 2004 and 2014 and making a loss in 2012-13 and 2013-14 increases its turnover within a year of BJP coming to power?” was one of the questions.

“Modi has always claimed zero tolerance towards corruption. He said he won’t eat and won't let others also eat (bribe). But this is a litmus test for Modi. Amit Shah must resign pending the completion of a fair probe. Even the RSS, which is BJP’s parent organisation, has sought a probe,” Surjewala said.

No entry for two news channels

Surjewala’s press conference at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office here was mired in controversy as two news channels — Times Now and Republic TV — were not allowed to cover it. Surjewala defended the decision to keep them out. “Journalism should be the mirror of truth and not the mirror of the ruling party,” he said. When media persons asked if this was allowed in a democracy, KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said: “In a democracy, we have the right to take a decision.”

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