Congress leader Kirti Azad has launched a stunning attack seemingly against his former party colleague and Union Minister Arun Jaitley after the latter wrote a blog slamming digital news platforms for writing stories that embarrassed his government.
Azad, who recently left the BJP to join the Congress, wrote, “The same minister was involved in #400Crores #DDCAScam. The investigating agency of #CorporateMinistry the ##SFIO authenticates it. He is #InternationalCrook greedy for money and a seedy inhuman #Parasite. I am sure you guessed him, manupulator of the press.”
, @bainjal @star_bengal the same minister was involved in #400Crores #DDCAScam. The investigating agency of #CorporateMinistry the ##SFIO authnticates it. He is #InternationalCrook greedy for money and a seedy inhuman #Parasite. I am sure you guessed him, manupulator of the press https://t.co/SSL4Sgt9qM
— Kirti Azad (@KirtiAzadMP) March 24, 2019
Azad’s extraordinary attack against Jaitley came hours after the latter had written a blog to defend himself over allegations of accepting Rs 150 crore in bribe from former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. Writing in his blog, Jaitley had blamed the popularity of news portals for routinely embarrassing his government with its investigative journalism without any sense of reprisals.
He had written, “Conventional print media followed conservative norms. Every ‘news’ that a reporter brought was checked and verified. Due care and caution was taken. Documents were perused, alternative versions were taken and then a ‘news’ which cast aspersions against individuals, was published. Television liberalised this conventional view…
“The social media has discarded these norms altogether. For many in social media, this rule has been abandoned. They believe that the norms have become anachronic. Defamation is a right and the ‘targets’ reputation is irrelevant.”
According to Yeddyurappa’s alleged bribery diary, the former Karnataka chief minister had paid Rs 150 crore each to Jaitley and Gadkari, Rs 100 crore to Rajnath Singh, Rs 50 crore to Murli Manohar Joshi, another Rs 50 crore to advocates as fee for cases, Rs 250 crore to several judges, Rs 10 crore towards Gadkari’s son’s marriage and a whopping Rs 1,000 crore to the BJP Central Committee to become the chief minister of Karnataka.
Azad had accused Jaitley of spearheading largescale corruption in the DDCA during the latter’s term as the Delhi cricket body’s president. In 2015, Azad had held an extraordinary press conference, where he had pointedly blamed Jaitley for supervising corruption and committing frauds in the DDCA. His expose through a video of DDCA AGM had rocked Indian politics leading to his suspension from the party.