BJP alleges liquor scam in Cong-ruled U'khand, CM rubbishes charge
With three of its senior leaders facing opposition heat over corruption charges, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday claimed it has accessed a sting that establishes a liquor scam in Congress-ruled Uttarakhand.india Updated: Jul 23, 2015 02:52 IST
With three of its senior leaders facing opposition heat over corruption charges, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday claimed it has accessed a sting that establishes a liquor scam in Congress-ruled Uttarakhand.
BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference claimed the sting video has proof that Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam while the state was hit by the 2013 flash floods.
She said the sting shows the chief minister's personal secretary negotiating with a liquor baron for a Rs 100 crore bribe to change the state's policy on the sale of alcohol.
"The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during Uttarakhand floods," Sitharaman alleged.
More than 6000 people were killed and thousands displaced in the flash floods which hit the state in June 2013.
Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, however, rubbished the charge and gave a clean chit to his peronal secretary Mohammed Shaid.
He said he will not order any investigation into the sting.
"How can the liquor licence be discussed when the government had already resolved the foreign liquor license (FL2) issue and decided to hand over the distributorship to its own state mandi council. There is no question of giving whole sale license to any private firms as it's being taken care of by the government itself.
He alleged that the sting video was fabricated to divert attention from the "sins of the BJP across the nation."
The BJP's counter attack comes at a time when the opposition is gunning for the resignation of three leaders -- external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan.
While Swaraj and Raje are under fire for helping tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who faces an Enforcement Department probe for alleged money laundering and forex violations, Chouhan is under pressure to quit over the Vyapam admission and recruitment scandal.
The BJP decided to go on the offensive after the Congress and other opposition parties disrupted parliament for two days in a row demanding the resignation of the three leaders.