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Irani hits back at Rahul for Jay Shah tweet, says Cong will still lose Gujarat

Both the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi have repeatedly questioned Modi’s silence on Jay Shah.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2017 09:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Rahul Gandhi,Smriti Irani,Narendra Modi
Textiles and I&B minister Smriti Irani gestures as she addresses a news conference at the BJP office in New Delhi.(PTI FILE)

Union minister Smriti Irani hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday for his comments referring to a court barring a news portal from publishing articles on a company owned by Amit Shah’s son.

Information and broadcasting minister Irani said the Congress leader’s attempts would not help his party win the Gujarat assembly polls even as she wished Gandhi on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.

“A person out on bail mocks the courts. Lage raho Bhai Gujarat phir bhi haroge (keep trying brother, still you will lose in Gujarat)?? Saal Mubarak (Best wishes for New Year) (sic),” she said in a tweet, apparently referring to the Congress vice president being on bail in the National Herald case.

Earlier, Gandhi had taken a veiled dig at PM Narendra Modi and the BJP after a controversy erupted over a company owned by Jay Shah, son of the ruling party’s president.

“Mitron (friends), will not speak about ‘Shah-zada’, nor will let anyone speak,” he had tweeted in Hindi, referring to an interim injunction granted by an Ahmedabad court on a criminal defamation plea filed against news portal ‘The Wire’ by Jay Shah.

He had also tagged a news report -- “Ahmedabad Court injunction: ‘The Wire’ barred from writing on Jay Shah” -- along with his tweet.

Jay Shah had recently filed a criminal defamation case against The Wire after it published an article claiming that the turnover of a company run by him saw a huge rise after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.

An Ahmedabad court had on Monday restrained the portal from publishing or broadcasting reports based on the article published by it regarding Jay Shah’s firm.

Both the Congress and Rahul Gandhi have repeatedly questioned Modi’s “silence” on the issue.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 09:44 IST