PM Modi backs Jaitley, says he will come through with flying colours

New Delhi (PTI): In a strong show of support for Arun Jaitley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Finance Minister will come through “with flying colours” against charges of corruption levelled against him by the opposition in a same way L K Advani did in the Hawala case.

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Batting for Jaitley, accused by Congress and AAP of financial irregularities in Delhi cricket body when he headed it, Modi hit out at Congress at BJP’s parliamentary party meeting for levelling “wrong and manufactured” allegations to “defame” the government.

At the parliamentary party, no reference was made to similar charges made by BJP MP Kirti Azad, who was not present in the meeting today.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as having said that BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje had similarly faced such “wrong” charges from Congress earlier.

“The Prime Minister gave the example of L K Advani. The government at that time tried to implicate him in the Hawala case. Advani came through with flying colours and the strategy of Congress boomeranged. Same thing is going to happen regarding allegations against Jaitley… Congress is inventing issue to defame the government,” Naidu said.

Advani and a number of other leaders were investigated by CBI during the Congress government headed by P V Narasimha Rao. Advani had resigned from Lok Sabha in 1996 after allegations were levelled against him in the hawala case. The case, however, later collapsed due to lack of evidence.

BJP has rallied around Jaitley as Congress and AAP have tried to corner him over the issue and demanded his resignation. Party chief Amit Shah issued a strong statement in his support yesterday.

A number of Union Ministers had also joined Jaitley, a key party strategist, in a court where he had filed defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders.

Aiming to take the battle to the opposition, BJP MPs of the Lok Sabha will be spending one night in each assembly constituency in their seat to spread awareness about the “good work” being done by the Modi government and the opposition’s campaign to “defame” it. This will be done in January, Naidu said.

BJP’s Lok Sabha MPs will do a similar reach-out exercise in February in a neighbouring constituency, Naidu said, adding that party’s Rajya Sabha members will do it in constituencies where the party had lost in the general election last year. The entire country will be covered by this, Naidu said.

Modi asked MPs to reach out to masses to highlight the welfare works being done by the government which is committed to the poor, downtrodden, youth and women, he said.

The Prime Minister said Congress had not been able to accept its massive defeat in the elections last year and was trying to bring a bad name to his government.

With the Winter Session coming to an end tomorrow, Naidu sought Congress’ cooperation in the passage of “important” bills stuck in the Rajya Sabha where work has been often disrupted due to protests from its members over a host of issues.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister cited The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, which could not be passed in the Upper House due to disruption from Congress despite being listed on the agenda in the Monsoon Session as well as the ongoing session.

Congress raised the issue of the bill being not listed yesterday because of public protests over the December 16 gangrape case, in which the juvenile convict has been released, he said, adding that the government immediately put it on supplementary agenda.

There are six important bills stuck in the House, he said, citing those on GST, real estate, arbitration, sugar cess and anti-hijacking. BJP MPs were also asked to observe good governance day on December 25, birth day of party stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

They have been asked to take part in service and welfare works and also tell people about the achievement of the NDA government headed by Vajpayee and the current dispensation, he told reporters.

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  1. How is Narendra Modi different from Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh?

    During the elections, he had given bombastic speeches and made tall promises, which he has not delivered. By protecting undesirables like Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Chauhan and now, Arun Jaitley, without even conducting an impartial probes by eminent and impartial jurists, he is sending the wrong signals to the people. In short, by his actions, Narendra Modi has proved that at any cost party’s unity is more important, rather than winning the confidence of the people by weeding out corruption and anti-national activities by his trusted lieutenants.

    Sushma Swaraj has said that she had helped Lalit Modi out of humanitarian grounds, rather than admitting her and her family’s relationship with him, which is deep rooted. Where was her humanitarian gesture when an Indian automobile engineer had died in Saudi Arabia and his family in Mumbai was running from pillar-to-post to get the body home to accord a decent funeral. Well, that person was a non-entity for her, but with Lalit Modi it was business and vested interests where not only she, but her spouse and daughter were involved.

    In fact, people have come to know that he is only capable of giving effective orations making promises, but not delivering them. He is in the back pocket of Ambanis and, by now, people have studied him very well and already his party has got a severe drubbing both in Delhi and Bihar.

    • Nelson Lewis – “How is Narendra Modi different from Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh?”

      Sir, if I have anything against you, I may express strong feelings against you, but I should not put you in the same bracket as that of Osama Bin Laden, to attack you.

      Likewise, scold Congress to your hearts content, but please, for heaven’s sake, do not put Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi together in the same bracket.

      You have brought an alternative to Congress, but no amount of repentance would suffice to undo what you did.

      • “……………….., but please, for heaven’s sake, do not put Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi together in the same brack.” B.N. Pai

        I am sorry that I have hurt your feelings and ruffled your feathers. The fact of the matter is that if Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh were assertive and had provided leadership and been receptive to people’s problems, they would have been elected. You just accuse people for voting BJP to power. BJP came to power not because people were fond of BJP, but they were fed up with Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh’s inaction, lying underground and doing nothing. Why do you not go into the real issues and admit it?

        Narendra Modi may be a disciple of RSS and a pracharak and may have other communal traits, but he is not corrupt. Can you say anything about your icons?

        • Nelson Lewis – “Narendra Modi …. but he is not corrupt. Can you say anything about your icons?

          Sir, previously Modi and RSS accused Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi of corruption. Now they rule the country and their duty is to prove the allegations and punish them. But till then nobody could declare them to be corrupt. Wait till your Narendra Modi prosecutes and punishes them! days of making unsubstantiated allegations are over and now prove the allegations.

          YOU ARE NOW JUSTIFYING YOUR SUPPORT TO RSS BY POINTING OUT ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AGAINST THE CONGRESS, AND THEREBY YOU ARE JUSTIFYING ATROCITIES AGAINST THE MINORITIES BY THE REGIME YOU SUPPORT.

          IT IS LIKE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THE NAZI GERMANY, WHEN THE JEWS WERE BUTCHERED, LATER COMING DOWN ON THEIR KNEES! THE HOLOCAUST WHICH FOLLOWED HAD PROVED THE ONES LIKE YOU FOOLS!

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