Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday claimed that 30 per cent of ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had criminal cases pending against them as per information furnished by the ministers themselves.
“Modi had promised to provide a clean and transparent government on numerous occasions before and after the general elections, but he has failed to provide a clean government as 30 per cent of his ministers have criminal cases against them,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha stated it was not an allegation, but the ministers in question had themselves declared the number of criminal cases filed against them in affidavits submitted to Election Commission prior to polls.
“Of this 30 per cent, 17 per cent have murder charges, while a minister of state for HRD has 23 cases against him, including murder charge,” Azad said.
Azad slammed PM Modi’s transparency claims and stated that a BJP Minister (Nihal Chand Meghwal) hailing from Rajasthan had been declared as an absconder by a court in connection with a rape case.
The state police, he claimed, had washed off its hands from the matter by informing the court that the accused was untraceable.
“It’s shocking that the PM is not able to trace the accused minister or ask him to submit himself before the law,” Azad said.
Azad also claimed that the Prime Minister had roped in an accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in his Council of Ministers last year and additionally given him a Z+ security cover.