The BJP on Saturday accused former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh of accepting crores of rupees from a builder in lieu of undue favours, intensifying a political battle between the ruling party and the Congress.
The fresh allegations are latest in the mudslinging match between Congress and BJP in wake of accusations by Digvijaya and other Congress leaders linking chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to the examination and recruitment scam.
On Saturday, state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan presented documents, which he said were from the income tax appellate tribunal to claim evidence of payment of huge sums to Digvijaya by the Bhopal-based builder.
The I-T department had confiscated diaries from the builder during a raid in 2008 and there are entries of payments to ‘CM’ and ‘HCM’, he said.
Chauhan said that since the entries were from before October 2003, it was clear that the CM (chief minister) and HCM (honorable chief minister) indicated Digvijaya Singh was the recipient of huge sums of money.
Chauhan said the builder also reportedly admitted during investigations that the entries were authentic.
Demanding an investigation by the I-T department into the matter, Chauhan said that soon a BJP delegation would meet the income tax commissioner in this matter.
Digvijaya Singh was not immediately available for comments.
The Congress’ chief spokesman KK Mishra said that the BJP’s attitude was against political traditions and added that if the BJP or state government had any evidence, “why don’t they send Congress leaders straight to jail?”