Hitting back at his rivals for attacking him over the ‘Railgate’ scam, Congress candidate and incumbent MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, in an emotional speech on Friday, attacked his opponents for raking up the issue, saying that he did not understand why they were doing so, when it had been established that he had no role in the scam.
Speaking at length on the allegations levelled against him, Bansal, addressing a rally in Sector 38, said there was no evidence to link him with the scam. “I am a witness against my own nephew. What other proof is required for my integrity?” he said.
“If at any stage I am found involved, I am ready to be stoned to death in public.” The ‘Railgate’ scam had hit the headlines following the arrest of Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla for taking a bribe of90 lakh from a senior railway official last year.
Bansal, who had to resign from the railway minister’s post after the scam surfaced, on Friday said, “I have led my political and personal life with integrity, and have not and will never indulge in shady practices.”
He added: “Rivals are shying away from development issues ,and indulging in their favorite game, which is character assassination.”
HOODA SAYS UT’S FIRST ‘SMART CITY’ OF INDIA
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday batted for the Congress’ Chandigarh candidate, Pawan Kumar Bansal, by describing Chandigarh as the country’s “first smart city” and saying that it was only Bansal who could make it a world-class city.
Addressing a rally at Sector 56, he attacked opposition parties, claiming that their candidates did not even know about its sectors. “How can they know about the issues?” he said.