Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh stoked fresh controversy on the eve of the BJP convention, Karyakarta Mahakumbh, to be addressed by the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi in Bhopal, when he announced on Tuesday that the saffron party had purchased 10,000 burqas and thousands of skull caps to give the false impression that it had the support of Muslims.
“In the entire country, it is being built up that the Bharatiya Janata Party has the support of the Muslim minority. Now, as proof, I have with me a bill which shows that 10,000 burqas have been bought from Indore,” Singh said at a press conference in Indore.
He said the burqas had been supplied by a small tailoring shop in Indore and the bill had been footed by a real estate company owned by Dilip Suryavanshi, a close friend of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“Devendra Jain, director of the real estate company, Dilip Buildcon had personally come to Indore and paid `42 lakh in advance to Zeenat Tailors, who had given a bill of `44.60 lakh,” Singh told reporters.
Suryavanshi, however, rejected the charge and said he knew nothing about any director of his company going to Indore and making any such payment.
Salim Khan, owner of Zeenat Tailors has also denied the allegation. He said he had only given a quotation for 10,000 burqas and it had been passed off as a bill.
Despite repeated efforts, Digvijaya Singh could not be contacted for comments after Khan denied supplying burqas for the convention.
Later in the day, Chouhan said, “The Congress is scared of the kind of arrangements being made. And that’s why some of our friends in the Congress are in the habit of making such frivolous statements. The statements do not carry any weight and nobody believes them.”
(with inputs from agencies)