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BJP warns Cong of legal action for its baseless allegations against Modi, Shah

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday warned Congress of legal action over its “baseless and untrue” allegations, including that about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah having links with Gujarat businessman Mahesh Shah, who is being probed for declaring unaccounted income of Rs 13,860 crore.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2016 18:59 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at a rally in Gaya, Bihar. The Congress has targeted the duo for being associated with a Gujarat banker who is under the scanner.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at a rally in Gaya, Bihar. The Congress has targeted the duo for being associated with a Gujarat banker who is under the scanner.(PTI File Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday warned Congress of legal action over its “baseless and untrue” allegations, including that about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah having links with Gujarat businessman Mahesh Shah, who is being probed for declaring unaccounted income of Rs 13,860 crore.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also rejected the Congress’ charge against Shah, who is one of the directors in a Gujarat bank in which deposits of over Rs 500 crore were made, and asserted that the bank has over 200 branches and it will give explanation about the matter.

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In a reference to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Modi and BJP during his address at the party’s 132nd foundation day, he told reporters that the party leaders and spokespersons behave like “children” and “today’s Congress does not represent even a grain of its 132 year’s heritage”.

“We want to make it clear that our Prime Minister and party president have no links whatsoever with the person by the name of Mahesh Sharma, against whom action is going on. If Congress has any proof, it should talk about it. Otherwise, we will consider taking legal action under the law dealing with levelling of baseless allegations,” the law minister said.

Prasad was accompanied by power minister Piyush Goyal, who is also the party’s treasurer, as they hit out at the opposition party.

It has become the second nature of Congress to level “untrue and baseless” allegation, he said.

Attacking it, Prasad said it was “rattled” by Modi’s continuous attack on those linked with black money and corruption and it thinks that its attack on him will “weaken” his fight. Action has been taken against those linked to BJP, he said, citing a case in Madhya Pradesh.

“Congress is the biggest patron of the corrupt and corruption. If it thinks that its attack will have any impact on the government, it is wrong. The government will remain unfazed and continue to act against black money and corruption,” he said.

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The corrupt and those with black money have long been patronised by Congress, he alleged, adding that they now “cry” before its leadership to save them from the government’s action.

“I want to ask Congress chief Sonia Gandhi if the childish behaviour of her son and more childish conduct of its spokespersons is being done at her behest,” he asked.