Congress questioned if Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would quit as MP like LK Advani did, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended Jaitley in the DDCA corruption allegations, saying that he would come clear just like LK Advani did.
“Modi: ‘I am sure Arun Jaitley would come out clean as Advaniji did in Hawala case’. But would Jaitley resign as Advaniji did ? No question! (sic),” Congress leader Digvijay Singh in a tweet.
Bharatiya Janata Party, however, rejected any comparison between the Hawala case against L K Advani and the allegations in the DDCA affair against Jaitley.
BJP leader Srikant Sharma said there is no parallel between charges against Advani and Jaitley. “CBI had registered a case, launched a criminal investigation and LK Advani quit as an Member of Parliament on moral grounds. There is no criminal probe against Arun Jaitley. These are allegations leveled by opposition which are unsupported by evidence,” he said.
BJP also said that it is “unfortunate” and “condemnable” that Congress continued to disrupt work in Parliament over the “baseless” charges against the finance minister.
Congress first disrupted the Parliament over a case in which its leaders are accused of “grabbing” Rs 5000 cr assets by investing only Rs 50 lakh and now they have resorted to leveling false charges against Jaitley to do it, Sharma said.
“In fact, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office probe was carried out into these allegations when Congress was in power. It stated that there was no fraud or cheating. Due to political rivalry, Congress is ignoring its government’s inquiry. It has no moral right to level such a charge,” he added.
Showing the strong support for Jaitley, PM Modi said that Jaitley will come through “with flying colours” against charges of corruption levelled against him by the opposition.