Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Congress president Sonia Gandhi was trying to communally polarise the Lok Sabha polls as she and her party were facing adversities ranging from new disclosures about defence deals to the bad shape of the economy.
In a statement, Jaitley said, “Sonia Gandhi’s ‘poison cultivation’ remark is only intended to communally polarise an election, which is otherwise being contested on a developmental agenda. Her desperation is understandable. It is a different matter that her attempt to communally polarise the election may yield no results.” Gandhi had told a rally in Karnataka on Saturday that Narendra Modi and the BJP were “sowing seeds of poison”.
Jaitley said the revelation in ‘The Indian Express’ with regard to the Augusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal appears to be a repeat of “what we witnessed in the late 1980s.”
Like in the Bofors deal, where the Swiss authorities gave details of the bank accounts into which the Bofors kick-backs were paid, Jaitley said the latest media story “in the first instance points out as to who calls the shots in the decision making in the Government of India.”
Even the Italian middlemen perceived that important decisions in India were being influenced by Sonia Gandhi, Jaitley said. “The Prime Minister at best is one of the several advisors to her.”