New Delhi: Was Prime Minister Narendra Modi subtly giving a hint to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign when he said that the BJP leader will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in the hawala case? At least, the Opposition believes so.
Congress and the Left reminded Jaitley on Tuesday that Advani had resigned when the hawala scam surfaced.
If I were in place of Sh Narendra Modi ji, I wud have immediately sacked Jaitley ji
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 23, 2015
According to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Modi gave a hint to Jaitley that “he should resign, get himself cleared and come back”.
“If the Prime Minister is drawing a parallel between Jaitley and Advani in the hawala case, I do not know whether the Prime Minister is giving a hint to Jaitley that he should also resign, get cleared like Advani and come back. I read the Prime Minister’s statement in this manner. That this is the Prime Minister’s signal to Jaitley. Unfortunately… I am sure Jaitley may be missing the point,” Yechury reportedly said.
Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad: “Today the Prime Minister said that Jaitley will come out of this like L K Advani in the Jain hawala case. I want to remind Jaitley that Advani had then resigned and had fought elections only after he got a clean chit from the Supreme Court. So is the Prime Minister advising Jaitley that he should also resign like Advani and not come back till he gets cleared.”
Azad pointed out that “not even one BJP MP or minister stood up and contradicted what Kirti Azad said in Lok Sabha, which meant they were in agreement with what he had said.”
Raking up Jaitley’s opposition to the inclusion of the BCCI in the ambit of RTI when he was the Leader of the Opposition, Azad asked whether it was because there was rampant corruption in the sports bodies.
“It is a known fact that Arun Jaitley has in the past been a crusader for accountability and repeatedly invoked the dictum that ‘Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion’. The recent developments and revelations, therefore, make it imperative that he lives by the dictum and does not make untenable arguments that this case should be treated as an exception to the established principles of accountability in public life,” he said.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi supported Jaitley saying that the latter will come out of DDCA corruption charges with “flying colours”.
“Arun Jaitley will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani (senior BJP leader) did in the hawala case. The Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as saying at a BJP parliamentary party meeting.
“They tried the same with Sushma-ji, Vasundhara-ji and Shivraj-ji… they (the
Congress) only want to defame the government,” he quoted Modi as saying. (With inputs from agencies)