Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh on Monday lashed out at the Congress, saying if his party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was charged with corruption "so could Sonia Gandhi or even Manmohan Singh", signalling further strain in their already troubled alliance talks.
Amar Singh said, "Just because of a court case, does anyone become corrupt? I may also turn around and say that (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi is corrupt, and so is (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh."
Singh was referring to a case of disproportionate assets pending in the Supreme Court against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members, which is to come up for hearing on Tuesday.
The petition against Mulayam Singh was filed by a lawyer and a former Congress member, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, in the apex court on Nov 29, 2005, charging the Samajwadi Party president and his family members with possessing assets beyond their known sources of income.
Chaturvedi had demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which was subsequently ordered. The agency is yet to file its report before the court.