New Delhi, Oct 13 (UNI) Close on the heels of Justice Sivarajan Commission report indicting former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the solar scam, the BJP on Friday accused that it is yet another example of Congress party indulging in corruption at various levels.
“The Commission appointed by Chandy during his Chief Ministership has now indicted him…This shows Congress hands in another high-profile corruption case,” BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
Stating that “taking measures against corruption has never been in the Congress DNA”, he referred to past corruption charges against the grand old party and said “this party has indulged in corruption at all levels – right from Helicopter scam, 2G spectrum, Commonwealth, Adarsh and also submarine deals in water”.
“Apparently, Agni (fire) was spared and now the Solar scam completes that,” Mr Prasad said and demanded there should be “proper, fair and time bound vigilance probe against Chandy and other Congress leaders and former Ministers named in the Commission report”.
An inquiry commission under Justice G Sivarajan, which was set up by the previous United Democratic Front government led by Chandy himself in Kerala has put the blame on former Chief Minister Chandy and others.
Kochi-based solar company Team Solar Renewable Energy Solutions has been accused of duping investors from whom it had collected huge amount for a solar power project. The allegation against the then Congress-led UDF regime has been that the elements in government had helped the company in its corrupt dealings.
Mr Prasad, who visited CPI-M ruled Kerala recently, alleged large scale political violence against BJP and RSS workers and said, “CPI-M workers have been attacking workers from Congress, CPI and Muslim League also”.
“The basic CPI-M politics is whoever is opposed to their ideology will be contained by violence,” he said.
Most of the anti-BJP violence has been taking place in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s district and as many as 14 of them have been killed since 2016. “Therefore, it is now the moral responsibility of the Chief Minister to ensure that the violence is stopped,” the Union Minister said.
Asked to comment on CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleging that BJP has hyped its Kerala campaign only to divert people’s attention from economic slowdown, Mr Prasad said, “I also have a personal question on what about the rivalry between Mr Yechury and Mr Prakash Karat”.
In this context, he referred to Mr Yechury missing the Rajya Sabha berth as a faction in the CPI-M “scuttled” it.
Mr Prasad denied that the BJP was trying to divert attention from economic issues and said, “The economy is thriving”.