Faced with questions on whether the BJP President Amit Shah or Prime Minister Narendra Modi had links with Gujarat’s businessman, Mahesh Shah, the saffron party on Thursday issued yet another desperate clarification rubbishing opposition’s claims.
Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Would like to make it clear that PM or Amit Shah ji have no connection whatsoever with businessman Mahesh Shah. Will explore legal options if Congress continues with hit and run tactic.”
India’s ruling party has found itself in a spot of bother since the Income Tax authorities found out about Mahesh Shah’s voluntary disclosure of over Rs 13,000 crore income.
Former BJP chief minister Sureshbhai Mehta had told Sabrangindia website that Mahesh Shah, the man who made mysteriously high disclosures of Rs 13,800 crore in cas was a man with free access to the CMO when Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister.
Seizing the opportunity, the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had issued a video message to demand response from Amit Shah.
He had said, “Modi ji had made the entire country stand in queues thinking the black money is with them…Is Mahesh Shah Modi ji’s man?..The man with real black money is Modi ji’s friend…Prime Minister must explain what relationship he has with Mahesh Shah.”
On Thursday, attacking Modi, who is set to address the nation after end of the 50-day period he had sought from the people to ease their problems due to cash crunch, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the Prime Minister is good at making announcements that are far from reality.
“Even after 50 days of demonetisation step, normalcy has not been restored. PM Modi’s demonetisation move has turned out to be ‘Deshbandi’ (lockdowbn of country). Development has come to a standstill. It is a scam and an uncalled move. It has resulted into economic instability in the country. Several people have died due to cash crunch across the country. It is a surgical strike on the country’s poor and has caused them immense suffering,” Surjewala said at a press conference in Jaipur.