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'Linking Modi with Fatta shows Cong's desperation'

PTI  Amritsar, April 29, 2014
First Published: 18:54 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:01 IST(29/4/2014)

BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday attacked Congress for linking Narendra Modi with Afroz Fatta, arrested in connection with a hawala racket, and said it shows "desperation" of the party.

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"Fatta was part of a delegation which had come to meet Modi. So, how can Modi be liable for the crime committed by Fatta?" he asked.

"The Enforcement Directorate is under the central government and it has said that there is no connection between Fatta and Modi," Jaitely told a press conference in Amritsar.

Congress had on Monday released a CD purportedly showing Narendra Modi in pictures with Afroz Fatta arrested in connection with a Rs. 1000-crore hawala racket and dared the BJP PM candidate to submit himself to an independent probe.

Asked what action BJP would take against Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra for his alleged land dealings, he said "Let the (Model) Code of Conduct get over and then we will look into it."

The Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, who is contesting from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, also targeted his rival and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh and alleged he had no vision for the constituency and had done and raised personality politics and issues.

"I think he is a light-weight candidate of the constituency because of the hollowness and lack of depth of issues raised by him. His case is of majestic isolation. Even his party members are embarassed to stand by him," he added.

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