NEW DELHI:The Congress on Friday rubbished the allegations made by former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, questioning the timing of her resignation and even accused her of working at the behest of the BJP.
Countering the charges made by Jayanti , Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that assertions made by her were factually wrong and she was acting at the behest of her new political masters, who may have got evidence against her. He said that those politicians, who are behind Jayanthi’s letter, were also behind the timing of her letter. He also said that the allegations of interference by party vice- president Rahul Gandhi seemed to be inspired by the BJP.
Singhvi said, “This is unfortunate that a person who spent four terms in Parliament and held key positions in the party made allegations that are opportunistic and pageant in nature.” Pointing out that the BJP that coined Jayanthi Tax, Singhvi alleged that she was being controlled by the Congress’ political opponents who were on a slippery ground in the run- up to the Assembly elections in Delhi.
Former Union Minister Veerappa Moily also rubbished Natarajan’s allegations saying Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul never interfered with the decision-making during Manmohan Singh Government’s tenure. “ I have handled several ministries. I have not come across any instance where the Congress president or vice- president interfered with administration. I don’t know what made her to make that statement against the discipline of the party,” Moily said.
Responding to the allegations levelled by Jayanthi , another former Union Minister Salman Khurshid said, “ We have all been ministers, there has never been a situation where Rahul told us what to do.”
Raking up corruption allegations against Jayanthi, Congress spokesman Anand Sharma rejected her allegations against Rahul and also dared her to file a defamation case against Modi.