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BJP asks Cong to clarify on Swamy's charges

The Bharatiya Janata Party on the Friday asked Congress party to come clean on allegations levelled by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swami. The saffron party asked the Congress to clarify whether it paid Rs 90 crore to Associated Journals which ran now-defunct National Herald daily, saying if it was true it was violation of tax and electoral laws.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 02, 2012 22:17 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party on the Friday asked Congress party to come clean on allegations levelled by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swami. The saffron party asked the Congress to clarify whether it paid Rs 90 crore to Associated Journals which ran now-defunct National Herald daily, saying if it was true it was violation of tax and electoral laws.

"I am not commenting on Swami's person-specific allegations. I want to highlight Associated Journals board document which says AICC gave them a loan of Rs 90 crore," said senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Arun Jaitley, while addressing mediapersons here.

He said that Swami, while levelling allegations, had said that political parties could not make donations. "If it is true that such a transfer had taken place then it could lead to various consequences for the Congress pary, including withdrawal of tax exemption," he said.

Jaitlely urged the Congress to come out with straight replies to the specific queries . "If the Congress party says that what Swamy has alleged is wrong then the matter ends. If not, then the whole issue is gross impropriety and gross illegality," he said.

Jaitely said that political parties can use its funds only for political purposes and not for any commercial purposes.

Swamy had accused All-India Congress Committee of giving Rs 90 crore to Associated Journals Private Limited-publisher of National Herald and Quami Awaz- which was allegedly written off by a new company, Young Indian, a Section 25 Company in which Rahul and Sonia Gandhi own 38% shares each.