Subramanian Swamy has given the local MP enough ammunition to target the big guns of the Congress.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal avoided reacting to the recent corruption allegations of Janata Party president against the Gandhi family but his daughter-in-law, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, sitting next to him, said the country's ruling clan owed an explanation to people.
"I do not make allegations until I have the proof," said the CM, when asked to comment on Swamy's allegation that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi had amassed a huge amount of black money. Badal was here on Friday to inaugurate the vocational training institute of Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO), and the member of parliament from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, had accompanied him.
"Do not ask him. Ask me," Harsimrat Kaur told reporters when the CM tried to ignore the question. "The Gandhi family should clarify its stand on Swamy's allegations. If he has made a wrong statement, the Gandhis should drag him to court."
Nitin Gadkari, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had made public statements on all the allegations against him, said the MP, adding that the Gandhis should follow his example. "They have ruined this country," said an aggressive Harsimrat Kaur.
Earlier, the CM referred to India's high rate of poverty, corruption, unemployment and illiteracy and blamed the Central government for it. He also claimed that Punjab was number one state in education. "Earlier, it was 14th," he said. "The first rank is all credit to my government."
"The Congress, which claims to be working for common man, helps big companies mint illegal money instead," said Badal. He mentioned the plan to build a cancer research institution on the lines of Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital at Mullanpur near Chandigarh.
Chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla and mayor Baljeet Singh were present.