New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday launched a counter-attack on the Congress after liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s claim yesterday that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving for London in 2016 and that he offered to settle bank loans.
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s demand of Jaitley’s resignation, the BJP accused the UPA government of being “bias and flouting norms to give a sweet deal to Kingfisher Airlines.”
The BJP alleged that the previous UPA government had given a “sweet deal” to the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines to keep it afloat and suggested that the airline was perhaps owned by the Gandhi family.
Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company.
He claimed that Rahul Gandhi was on the backfoot in the case of Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as well as the entire Gandhi family travelled on the airline and their travel was upgraded to business class for free.
“The entire Gandhi family was, in fact, helping Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines with the sweet deal,” Patra said while showing a bunch of documents related to the loans given by banks to the airline.
“There is a series of letters between the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and the SBI (State Bank of India). These letters show us how the previous dispensation under Sonia Gandhi was biased, partial and kept all norms and regulations at bay to give a sweet deal to Kingfisher Airlines,” he alleged.
The BJP leader was responding to Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a probe into Mallya’s claim that he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India.
“Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in a proxy,” Patra said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, who himself is out on bail (in the National Herald case), had no right to question others on corruption.