The BJP is on the defensive in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh after a video that appears to indicate Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s son negotiating a ‘deal’ value Rs 500 crore surfaced Monday.
That is the second video this month; final week a video appeared to indicate Devendra Singh Tomar – whose father is among the many big-names fielded by the BJP for Friday’s election – discussing three separate offers – value Rs 18 crore, Rs 21 crore, and Rs 100 crore.
Requested in regards to the video, Mr Tomar instructed reporters in Gwalior, “We must always not waste time on pretend talks”. His occasion additionally dismissed the movies, which have been closely criticised by the Congress.
The BJP’s state boss, VD Sharma, has referred to as the video “pretend’ and accused the opposition occasion, missing any actual subject to boost, of releasing the clips to unsettle voters forward of polling this week.
“A criticism has been made and the video is being investigated. Elections can’t be gained with these techniques. The Congress itself is deeply immersed in corruption…” Mr Sharma declared. He claimed that Rs 281 crore had been seized by officers after the 15 months that the Congress was in energy.
Mr Tomar’s son has additionally referred to as the video a pretend and has registered a police case.
The Congress – battling corruption allegations of its personal in Chhattisgarh, one other poll-bound state – has demanded a suo motu probe by the Enforcement Directorate, and referred to as on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to “break their silence” on this subject.
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Displaying reporters the second video, occasion spokesperson Ragini Nayak declared the BJP’s state authorities had “change into synonymous with 50 per cent fee”; that is much like the “40 per cent Sarkar” corruption jibe the occasion threw on the BJP in Karnataka forward of the election in Might.
The Congress routed the BJP within the southern state, profitable 135 of its 224 seats.
“Give a clarification (in regards to the Devendra Singh Tomar video) or dismiss it. In the event that they (the BJP) do not, then it is going to be construed that this has their patronage and involvement,” Ms Nayak declared.
“If the video is pretend… it have to be came upon who’s defaming the Union Minister’s son.”
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has additionally pounced on the Tomar movies.
“The BJP has damaged all information of corruption. They’ve a minister… his title is Tomar and this video is of his son. He’s saying Rs 10 crore will go right here, Rs 20 crore there, 100 crore… Whose cash is he speaking about? It’s the individuals’s cash,” Mr Gandhi mentioned at a rally in state capital Bhopal
He additionally declared Madhya Pradesh had change into India’s “corruption capital” below BJP rule.
The Congress chief underlined the occasion’s name to analyze the movies. “… Tomar’s son, who’s stealing cash of farmers, the poor and labourers with out hiding it, with out worry and overtly on a video name. Has Modiji taken any motion? Has ED, CBI, IT division taken motion,” he requested.
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