The Congress on Tuesday attacked the NDA government and accused it of failure to take action against those allegedly involved in corruption.
“What action have they taken against the son of Chhattisgarh chief minister? What about the cases against the Rajasthan chief minister? What has happened to the inquiry on Lalit Modi? Why haven’t they dismissed Eknath Khadse, their minister in Maharashtra who is facing allegations of land grabbing,” said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma addressing a press conference.
“The anchor of the mega show at India Gate is named in Panama Papers. The Prime Minister talks about Panama Papers and his minister is talking about Panama Papers, and the anchor is also mentioned there,” he added, referring to megastar Amitabh Bachchan who participated in the gala to celebrate two years of the Narendra Modi government.
“They have levelled enough allegations. We pose an open challenge to this government to release the list of names of Congress leaders who, they say, are accused of corruption. Are they facing any case in the country,” asked Sharma who is also Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
“They must tell the source of the thousands of crore that they have used to contest in elections,” said Sharma.
Sharma also accused the government of nurturing an environment in the country that has benefited the “lumpen elements”.
The Congress also blamed the government of “mastering the art of selectively leaking some documents or manufacturing and fabricating papers” and giving it to “selective few” in the media to defame and to target.
“It happened during the debate on AgustaWestland. What has happened to those papers? Why did they not agree to a Supreme Court-monitored enquiry? This dirty tricks department is over-active. It is busy doing this and it operates from the Prime Minister’s Office,” said Sharma.
“We have said it in the past and repeating it again. They should stop this kind of leaking of documents. But when the government itself is complicit, then the government is doing this thing, because this is the only way to deflect and divert attention from the total collapse of the economy and betrayal of the people by Narendra Modi and the BJP,” he added.