As CWC announces anti-graft stir, BJP says all scams lead to Congress doorsteps

8/4/2018

New Delhi, Countering strongly the fresh allegation from Congress on corruption, especially in the context of the Mehul Choksi episode, the BJP on Saturday said while the main Opposition over the decades has worked as 'loan giving agent', the Modi government is now striving to recover the same. "Congress had acted as a loan giving agent over the years and BJP is today acting as recovering agent. The Modi government has zero tolerance against corruption," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters minutes after Congress Working Committee (CWC) in its second meeting within 15 days lashed out at the BJP led dispensation on corruption and other issues and said they will launch a 'Jan Andolan' across the country. Mr Patra said contrary to baseless allegation being made against the BJP, it is Congress party whose essential characteristic has been corruption. Repeatedly using the phrase 'Corruption Wali Committee' as a potshot for CWC, he said "10 Janpath-- residence of Sonia Gandhi is permanent address of corruption in India. He said even the Enforcement Directorate has recently told a court that sum of Rs 25 lakh was delivered at the residence of particular politician in Delhi. The BJP spokesperson said like every drop of water ultimately leads to ocean, all corruption and scams lead to doorsteps of Congress party. In a rather surprising and mocking tone, he said 'according to sources' Sonia Gandhi asked Rahul Gandhi in the CWC meet on Saturday why most Congress strategies including No-Trust motion and raising of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam issue 'boomerangs'. He also claimed one senior Congress senior leader also told Sonia Gandhi that attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi often does not go well. On the NRC row, he said while the BJP was committed to Deendayal Upadhyay's philosophy of 'nation first', it is the Congress which has been pursuing vote bank politics on the issue. The BJP leader said even the UPA government, under Manmohan Singh had assured people in 2007 that the NRC exercise will be carried out but it not do much about it. In this context, he referred to Wikileaks paper which claimed that Sonia Gandhi in 2006 had told a section of minority voters in Assam that if necessary, the UPA government will amend the Foreigner's Act to help them. He said the inherent contradictions in Congress stand on NRC issue came to light when senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the BJP government was trying to divide Hindus and Muslims in Assam. Answering a question on Congress flagging off the issue of unempoyment in the country, Mr Patra said 'the fact of the matter is Rahul Gandhi and a number of Congress leaders are politically unemployed and they are resorting to falsehood against the government.' He said during the reply on No-Trust debate, the Prime Minister has clearly spoken about the measures being taken to ensure job growth. 'It would have been better if Rahul Gandhi had listened to the Prime Minister instead of winking,' he said. Dismissing the possibility of formation of grand anti-BJP alliance, Mr Patra said the Opposition leaders are already displaying differences and maintained 'this alliance is more of a controversy even before it had taken a shape.'