Former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Monday said she was considering legal action against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for accusing her of corruption in environmental clearances.
On Sunday, Modi had said he heard of a “Jayanthi tax” — a veiled reference to removal of Natarajan as environment minister. “No file was moving without money.
We had heard of income, sales and excise taxes but for the first time, we heard about a Jayanthi tax in Delhi, without which nothing was moving,” he had said.
“I will go ahead and take legal action against him if my lawyers advise me to do so,” Natarajan told HT. Modi, she said, had failed to cite any proof of his allegation.
The Congress backed Natarajan, with party general secretary Digvijaya Singh tweeting, “Modi’s comment on Jayanthi Natarajan is in very bad taste. He only knows to abuse but doesn’t give his vision.”
“This shows how much Narendra Modi respects women,” added party general secretary Ambika Soni.
Later, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman cited the number of projects cleared by Veerappa Moily as proof of Natarajan’s “stalling” projects. Moily had taken over the ministry three weeks ago, after Natarajan was removed.