New Delhi :BJP party on Thursday addressed a press conference to clear its stand on the DDCA claims made by AAP on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Speaking strongly, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who was addressing the PC, stated, “BJP resolutely stands behind Arun Jaitley.”
She even criticised AAP for making baseless claims by saying, “There is no substance in the allegations. It is an attempt to divert attention from real issue and create political hysteria.”
Irani added, “DDCA officials declared that the report that was being waved by AAP today, is not an investigation of AAP but of DDCA itself.”
BJP today asserted that it “resolutely stands behind” the finance minister who has an “impeccable” political record.
After AAP launched a sharp attack on Jaitley, BJP fielded Smriti Irani to mount a counter attack in which she described the charges as a “blasphemous and preposterous campaign bordering on political hysteria” being created to deflect the public attention from a “corrupt officer” working with Delhi Chief Minister Arvin Kejriwal.
She also quoted from Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) probe into DDCA affairs done during the UPA tenure to claim that it had given Jaitley a clean chit.
“It is observed during the period under inspection that Arun Jaitley is the DDCA president presiding over (its) meetings like a non-executive chairman without involvement in the day to day affair of the company.
“No incidents of fraud has been noticed during the course of investigation,” she said quoting from the report.
“Today, BJP resolutesly stands behind Arun Jaitley and publicly condemns the malicious intent of the Aam Aadmi Party to dflect public attention from a corrupt officer workinfg with Arvind Kejriwal,” the Union Minister told a press conference.
A probe done during the Congress tenure gave him a “clean chit” even though the party had used instruments of power to “corner” its leaders, she stressed.
The demand of Congress now that Jaitley should resign exposes its political hypocrisy, she said, wondering if it was doing so to deflect attention from the Gandhi family.
An unseemly slugfest has erupted between AAP and BJP after CBI raided Kejriwal’s principal secretary’s office on Tuesday with Kejriwal calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward and psychopath” and BJP hitting back.
Showering praise on Jaitley, she said he had written his name in “golden letters in history” with his dedication and work and Kejriwal’s attempts to protect a corrupt officer amounted to abdicating the anti-corruption movement from which he had shot to limelight.