Hitting back at Indian National Lok Dal supremo Om Prakash Chautala, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the former had to surrender on the objection of the Central Bureau of Investigation and following the order of the Delhi high court and that the Union government has got nothing to do with it.
Prasad along with health minister Harsh Vardhan was in Rohtak on Sunday to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates.
Responding to accusations levelled by the INLD that the BJP misused the supreme investigating agency to upset Chautala's political fortunes, Prasad said Chautala violated the norms of bail put by the court and was arrested for his misdeeds. "First, they commit misdeeds and mistakes and later they attempt to shift the blame to BJP," the law minister said. He also welcomed some Rohtak-based business tycoon into party fold.
The INLD had accused the BJP of exercising its influence over the CBI to get Chautala arrested after he campaigned for party candidates who are in the poll fray. On Saturday night, Chautala surrendered at Tihar jail as per court orders.
Meanwhile, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan downplayed the accusations levelled by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that the Centre has made life-saving drugs expensive. He said nothing of that sort has happened.
He added that life-saving drugs might have become a little expensive but they have not become unaffordable for common man. Vardhan, however, did not elaborate on the issue despite persistent queries by mediapersons.