NEW DELHI: Accusing the BJP of being blinded by revenge to target its opponents, the congress on Tuesday claimed that the none of its leaders or that of the opposition would be cowed down by the politics of "revenge and vendetta" which had "become the DNA of this BJP government". Congress’ reaction came in response to nationwide raids by the CBI on premises belong to senior congress leader and former union finance minister P. Chidambaram.
Instead Congress alleged NDA government for shielding top BJP leaders and ministers against whom corruption allegations were cropped up. Ranging from giving escape route to fugitive Vijay Mallya to Vyapam scam of Madya Pradesh, Congress hit out at government.
Randeep Surjewala, who heads communications of the AICC says, “We want to reiterate that neither P Chidambaram, nor any Congress leader or any other leader of opposition, would be deterred or cowed down from fear of the politics of revenge and vendetta," he said.
In fact, speaking for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav linked property searches by the Income tax department, Surjewala said that “The truth is that revenge has become the DNA of the BJP government”.
Congress instead, accused the BJP for shielding corrupt party leaders holding ministerial positions in the NDA government.
"May we ask the prime minister, that if the yardstick is morality, why is he shying away from ordering an inquiry into the Sahara-Birla excel sheets in which he himself has been named repeatedly about having taken bribes," he alleged. Surjewala also asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not take action on the Rs 20,000 crore loss caused to public exchequer in Gujarat State Petroleum scam when he himself was the chief minister.
While mentioning Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, Surjewala asked why the PM Modi did not take action against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan whose name allegedly cropped up in the scam. He claimed that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj allegedly helped people like Lalit Modi who escaped from the country and were wanted by investigative agencies for alleged money laundering.
He said the Congress leaders would continue to tell the country how one autocratic ruler cannot suppress the voice of dissent and those who disagree with them.
Surjewala claimed that the truth was out there for everybody to judge and the government, blinded by revenge, was registering false cases against opposition leaders.
The BJP also fielded Union minister Piyush Goyal to counter the claims of the Congress of political vendetta behind the raids by the investigative agencies. “Today is the day for accountability by the corrupt,” Goyal quipped at the BJP headquarter. “The issue is why beneficiaries of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) gave money to the firms owned by the son of P Chidambaram,” Goyal, said, while rejecting the claims of the former Finance Minister that his “critical columns” invited the government actions.