New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress engaged in a bitter war of words over the the Yes Bank crisis with the ruling party linking it with the Gandhis, while the latter asking PM Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to clarify if they were aware of the PSB’s (Private sector bank) loans growing manifold. Also Read - Yes Bank Crisis: 'Under Psychiatric Treatment Since I Lost my Baby', Former Founder Breaks Down in Court; Booked by CBI
Taking a jibe at the Gandhi family, BJP’s information and technology wing in-charge Amit Malviya tweeted a a clip of a news channel report that claimed Rana Kapoor, the former founder of the cash-strapped bank, had bought a painting from Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. While sharing the video on the micro-blogging site, the ruling party alleged that every financial crime in India has ‘deep links’ with the Gandhis. Also Read - ‘Monitoring All Banks, No Concern of Safety of Deposits in Any Bank,’ Says RBI on Yes Bank Crisis
“(Vijay) Mallya used to send flight upgrade tickets to Sonia Gandhi. Had access to MMS (Manmohan Singh) and PC (P Chidambaram). Is absconding. Rahul inaugurated Nirav Modi’s bridal jewellery collection, he defaulted. Rana (Kapoor) bought Priyanka Vadra’s paintings”, Malviya said in his tweet. Also Read - Yes Bank Crisis: Recovery Plan Almost Ready, no Plan to Merge it With SBI, Says Report
The allegations drew a sharp reaction from the Congress, which termed the charge ‘fake’. The grand old party said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had sold an MF Hussain painting of her father Rajiv Gandhi to Rana Kapoor for Rs 2 crore, and the entire amount was disclosed in her income tax return of 2010.
“The entire amount Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received was in cheque and was fully disclosed in the income tax return”, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, adding that it was a “diversionary” tactic by the government.
Furthermore, he asked,”Why did the loan book rise by 100 per cent in two years after demonetisation i.e from Rs 98,210 cr in March 2016 to Rs 2,03,534 cr in March 2018? Were PM and FM sleeping, ignorant or complicit?”
Meanwhile, Rana Kapoor was sent to ED custody till March 11. He was arrested by ED under money laundering charges in the wee hours on Sunday after being interrogated for almost 20 hours by the probe agency officials. He was held under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), according to ED officials. The probe agency had claimed that Kapoor, a veteran banker, was not co-operating with its investigation.