Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at and ridiculed the allegations leveled against the Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi by the former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. He remarked, “Chautala has stooped too low to level baseless and unsubstantiated allegations against Gandhi apparently at the behest of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the eve of his (Gandhi’s) visit to Jalandhar”.
Dismissing Chautala’s allegations against Gandhi, Capt Amarinder said, the former Haryana chief minister, who is an epitome of corruption and whose corruption is legendry and exemplary, has no moral authority to accuse Gandhi for what he has not done. “It is a classic case of pot calling the kettle black”, he remarked, while referring to the corruption scandals Chautala is himself involved in.
Holding the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal equally responsible in the plot to defame Gandhi on the eve of his visit to Jalandhar, Capt Amarinder observed that they (Badal and Chautala) are the birds of the same feather better known for corruption and amassing wealth than anything else.
The PPCC president asked, had Chautala the moral courage he should not have gone to hold a press conference at as far off a place as Jallandhar where not many people know about his actual credentials. Had he held this press conference at Chandigarh or Delhi, Chautala would have found it difficult to defend himself rather than accusing someone else.
“What was the point in holding the press conference in Jallandhar when the issue related to Haryana?” he asked, while remarking just because Chautala did not want to face embarrassing counter questions he ran away to Jallandhar instead of addressing the press conference at some place in Haryana Chandigarh or Delhi.
Capt Amarinder reminded that it is the same Mr Chautala who was caught red handed smuggling watches from abroad at the Delhi airport way back in seventies while his father Devi Lal was the Chief Minister of Haryana. He said, it is the same Chautala who is himself mired neck deep in corruption scandals running into hundreds of crores. “He should better look at himself than pointing a finger at others’, he advised Chautala.