Shah tar­gets Cong over ‘fake CD’ in Ch­hat­tis­garh

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - Ritesh Mishra ritesh.mishra@hin­dus­tan­ ■

RAIPUR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Fri­day tar­geted Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, ask­ing if he was plan­ning to form a govern­ment in Ch­hat­tis­garh un­der the lead­er­ship of a man who had “put women to shame” by al­legedly mak­ing a fake ob­scene CD.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of nearly 20,000 party work­ers, Shah was re­fer­ring to Ch­hat­tis­garh Congress chief Bhu­pesh Baghel, an ac­cused in a case in­volv­ing the cir­cu­la­tion of a “fake CD” pur­port­edly fea­tur­ing a state BJP min­is­ter.

“I want to chal­lenge the AICC (All In­dia Congress Com­mit­tee) pres­i­dent to clar­ify who will be lead­ing the Congress in Ch­hat­tis­garh in the up­com­ing elec­tion,” Shah said.

The Congress is yet to for­mally de­clare its chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date in Ch­hat­tis­garh, which will go the polls in two phases— on Novem­ber 12 and 20—for its 90-mem­ber Assem­bly.

“These polls will de­cide the fu­ture of the coun­try. In 2019, the gen­eral elec­tion will be held. The Congress party has formed a ‘ma­ha­gath­band­han’ (grand al­liance) against the Modi-led NDA. I ap­pre­ci­ate Op­po­si­tion’s courage, but I want to ask, how Rahul is dream­ing of form­ing govern­ments at the Cen­tre and the state,” he asked.

Shah is on a two day visit to the state.

The BJP pres­i­dent ac­cused Rahul Gandhi of sup­port­ing “ur­ban nax­als” ar­rested in con­nec­tion with Bhima Kore­gaon vi­o­lence. “...Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tails of pur­chase of mor­tars (guns) and ev­i­dence were re­cov­ered from their lap­tops, which sug­gest that they were plan­ning to as­sas­si­nate the PM. But as soon as they were ar­rested, Rahul started shout­ing that it was mat­ter of free­dom of ex­pres­sion,” Shah said.

Re­ply­ing to Shah’s al­le­ga­tions, Congress spokesper­son Sailesh Nitin Trivedi said, “The CD was made by BJP leader Kailash Mu­raraka not by Bhu­pesh Baghel , which is clearly men­tioned in CBI’s chargesheet. Shah is mis­lead­ing peo­ple be­cause he has no is­sues and he knows that Ra­man Singh is not win­ning the elec­tions. As far naxal is­sue is con­cerned, Congress has lost its vet­eran lead­ers fight­ing nax­als and we don’t need any cer­tifi­cate from Shah.”

■ Amit Shah

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