New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for filing a defamation suit against him after he mistakenly took his son’s name in the Panama Papers case and said he did not file any case when he talked about Vyapam, e-tender and illegal mining cases asking whether these were “true”.
“Last time I had said mistakenly that the name of Shivraj’s son is there in the Panama Papers. I realized it and said that I committed a mistake as there are a number of scams,” he said addressing a public meeting in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh state.
Gandhi said that within a few minutes, Chauhan said that as he had given a wrong statement he would file a defamation suit against him.
“Shivrajji tell me one thing. You filed a defamation suit against me over the Panama Papers issue. But on Vyapam scam, e-tendering scam and illegal mining you did not file a defamation suit on me. Are these scams true,” Gandhi asked, questioning the Chief Minister’s “silence” on these issues.
He said, “there are elections in several states and in most of these states, BJP Chief Ministers are corrupt. In Rajasthan, the son of Chief Minister (Vasundhara Raje) took Rs 10 crore from Lalit Modi. In Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh’s son name appeared in the Panama Papers. And here in MP, there are Vyapam scam, illegal mining scam, and e-tendering scam cases,” he said.
Gandhi said Modi used to ask people than to not make him Prime Minister but a watchman. “But Modiji in his speech did not tell you that who he would be guarding whether Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi or Lalit Modi,” he thundered.
“Some took away Rs 10,000 crore and some Rs 30,000 crore from the country and the watchman after stealing the money from the pockets of the people put in the pockets of an Indian industrialist,” he said.
Voting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018 will be held on November 28. The counting of votes is scheduled for December 11. The tenure of the 230-member state Assembly ends on January 7, 2019. The BJP has been in power in the state since 2003 and is seeking
The Election Commission (EC) had announced dates for the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Telangana Assembly elections 2018 in October.