The Congress on Saturday described the resignation of Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah as “too little, too late” while the BJP remained defiant, saying the “mischievous designs” of the CBI will be exposed in the court of law.
The Congress attacked the BJP leadership and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for “fully supporting and justifying” Shah’s actions.
“To resign after resisting and delaying the issue for days and weeks is not graceful nor voluntary. There is no remorse, no contrition, no acceptance and no apology,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
Singhvi said the BJP was resorting to all such tactics, as “Shah was important to Modi who in turn was important” to the saffron party.
The BJP, in turn, claimed that targeting Modi would boomerang on the Congress and ruled out any possibility of his stepping down from the post.
“Congress needs to learn that the more they try to scratch Narendra Modi, it will boomerang on them,” party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The party reiterated that the case was one of “misuse” of the CBI for political purposes.
“We have seen how CBI was abused as a tool to manage Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati,” Prasad said.
He claimed it was a Congress “design to divert attention from the fiasco in Pakistan, the mess-up in Kashmir, price rise, rotting of grains and the mess-up on Warren Anderson”.
But the Congress countered that the CBI had initiated probe against Shah in January and if the BJP felt aggrieved, it should have approached the Supreme Court then instead of indulging in “verbal acrobatics” now.
Without naming LK Advani, Singhvi said there was another home minister, who rose to become deputy Prime Minister, and had shown the same resistance to resignation.