Puducherry: With Puducherry polls round the corner, the political slugfest in the Union Territory is getting bitter with every passing day. Former Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy on Monday challenged Union Minister Amit Shah to prove the allegations of corruption he made against him at a rally. The former Puducherry also threatened to file a defamation case against Amit Shah. Also Read - After PM Modi's Request to Keep Kumbh Mela 'Symbolic', Juna Akhada Calls Off Celebrations

“Home minister Amit Shah said that PM sent ₹15,000 crores to Puducherry and Narayanasamy took a cut and gave part of the money to Gandhi family. It’s a very serious allegation against me. I challenge him to prove it,” the Congress leader was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - EC Curtails Campaign Timing Up To 7 PM, Extends Silence Period As COVID Cases Soar In Bengal

“If he doesn’t prove, he has to apologise to the nation and people of Puducherry. If he doesn’t prove, I will file a criminal defamation suit against him for giving a false statement to damage my image and that of Gandhi family,” Narayanasamy added. Also Read - Covid 2.0: Govt Takes BIG Step For Lakhs Of Central Employees. Details Here

Amit Shah, who was in Puducherry on Sunday, addressed a rally where he launched a scathing attack against the Narayanasamy govt and accused the former chief minister of corruption and claimed Gandhi family also received money from the former chief minister.

He also talked about the various development projects launched by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and said they will benefit the people of the union territory. Shah’s special focus was on the fishermen community.

He said that the Centre announced ₹20,000 crore in the budget to improve the fisheries infrastructure in the country. “Puducherry will reap the maximum benefit from this scheme,” Shah added.