Firing a fresh salvo at Rahul Gandhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asked the Congress president to clear his stand on the alleged unaccounted money “brought to his party’s headquarters” to Delhi through the “Bengaluru-Delhi hawala highway”.
Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat attacked the Congress after it had earlier cited alleged “confessional” statements made to Income Tax department by some accused in a case to claim that money trail in a hawala case went to its Akbar Road office.
Singh also accused the Opposition party of doing politics over the death of a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, whose body was reportedly brutalised by the Pakistan Army.
“Faith should be kept in Indian forces and they would respond at an appropriate time,” Shekhawat said.
With Gandhi consistently targeting the Narendra Modi government over a host of issues such as the Rafale deal, Shekhawat accused him of making “irrelevant allegations” to divert attention from the hawala case.
“The Congress president, his party’s spokesperson should tell people about the source of the unaccounted money and where it all went,” the minister told reporters at a press conference.
The allegations are based on confessions made by accused, including those who are in the government service, on oath, he said in a bid to underline the seriousness of the charges.
The Income Tax department had raided the premises of Congress leader and Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and those of some of its associates last year, and claimed to have recovered a large amount of cash.
Saying people should be thanked for forcing the Congress to remember god, Shekhawat attacked the opposition party over chants invoking Lord Shiva in its slogans in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,
To a question on Indo-Pakistan relations, he said the government’s stand is clear that it cannot talk to Pakistan till it supports terrorism.
(With inputs from agencies)