Rahul slams govt on Mallya, Jait­ley hits back with 'Q' barb

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya’s de­par­ture from the coun­try led to a political slugfest in­side and out­side Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day with Rahul Gandhi slam­ming the govern­ment for “al­low­ing” him to leave and fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley hit­ting back by re­mind­ing the Congress vice-pres­i­dent of Bo­fors scam ac­cused Ot­tavio Qu­at­troc­chi’s flight from In­dia.

In the Ra­jya Sabha, leader of the Op­po­si­tion Ghu­lam Nabi Azad ac­cused the govern­ment of be­ing “party to the crim­i­nal con­spir­acy” to al­low Mallya to leave the coun­try when he was fac­ing a probe for loan de­fault. Jait­ley re­sponded by say­ing it was dur­ing the UPA regime that banks pro­vided loans to him.

While the Congress and the SP PM Naren­dra Modi and home

■ min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh at Par­lia­ment. SONU ME­HTA/HT at­tacked the govern­ment in­side Par­lia­ment, Gandhi upped the ante out­side, telling re­porters, “We sim­ply asked that some­one who stole Rs 9,000 crore from the coun­try, how did he run away from the coun­try? How did you al­low him to es­cape? This is the sim­ple ques­tion and we nei­ther got a re­ply to this from Modi-ji nor from Jait­ley-ji.”

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