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