Ending speculation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday defended his beleaguered colleague and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who’s facing the heat for serious corruption in the DDCA.
Modi said he will come through with flying colours just like LK Advani did.
“Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in Hawala case,” Modi told BJP Parliamentary Party.
Elsewhere, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi on the issue and said, “Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame government.”
On Monday, Jaitley filed civil defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders. He’s also expected to file criminal case in against them Patiala House Court later today.
According to media reports, Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore damages from AAP leaders for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA
Jaitley, who is facing the heat for his alleged involvement in corruption and financial irregularities in DDCA, had on Sunday announced he will file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.
Besides Kejriwal, other AAP leaders are Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha, Deepak Vajpayee.
Modi’s defence for Jaitley has, however, provided new fodder for attack against the prime minister. Social media users and his political rivals were quick to remind him that Advani had resigned from his post on mere allegations.
Here’s a sample of twitter conversation.
Advani resigned as an MP & didn't enter Parliament until his name was cleared. PM means that Jaitley shd do the same https://t.co/3h2i47qudL
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) December 22, 2015
— Dilip K. Pandey – दिलीप पाण्डेय (@dilipkpandey) December 22, 2015
Advani Ji resigned for fair probe, when AJ is resigning for fair probe? https://t.co/Fhp4VZGW9l
— Nanak Chand Aggarwal (@nca1950) December 22, 2015
— kumar uttam (@meetuttam) December 22, 2015
Just that the lawyer who defended Advani in Hawala scam is now defending AK against Jaitley ?? https://t.co/s5io4TzKA6
— कोमल 🙂 ?? (@Komal_Indian) December 22, 2015
Advani quit, will Jaitly quit? https://t.co/mE9FpCF51z
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) December 22, 2015