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Javadekar, Goyal come to Rijiju’s defence in Rs 450 cr power project scam row

“Rijiju is clean and the scam happened during the tenure of Congress,” Javadekar said.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2016 14:38 IST
New Delhi, ANI
Prakash Javadekar,Piyush Goyal,Kiren Rijiju
Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju arrives at the parliament house in New Delhi on 14.(AP Photo)

BJP has come to the defence of Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju over his alleged involvement in a Rs 450-crore hydro-electricity project scam with Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal saying the lawmaker was clean and innocent.

“Rijiju is clean and the scam happened during the tenure of Congress,” Union human resource and development minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.

He also said BJP will expose the Congress party.

Rijiju, his distant cousin Goboi Rijiju who is a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, and several other officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) have been accused of corruption in the construction of two dams for the 600 megawatt Kameng hydro-electric project, one of the biggest power projects in the northeastern state.

However,Rijiju has refuted all allegations of corruption against him, saying that the ones planting such news would be “thrashed with shoes”if they come to Arunachal Pradesh.

Echoing similar sentiments, Union minister of state for power Piyush Goyal said Rijiju was innocent and the payment was released on the orders of the Congress party and its government.

“Payment was released on the orders of Congress official and now the concern party has to answer. Mr. Rijiju was not involved in it.” Goyal added.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has given notice under Rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha, for a discussion over the alleged involvement of Rijiju in the project.

Rijiju is being pilloried by the Congress party in the wake of a 129-page report prepared by Satish Verma, the chief vigilance officer of the North Eastern Electricity Power Corporation (NEEPCO), suggesting that he and his cousin Goboi were involved in the scam.

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First Published: Dec 14, 2016 14:36 IST