BJP drops de-mon from campaign
From catchword to dirty word, notebandi, or demonetisation, appears to have been unceremoniously dropped from the BJP’s lexicon. This is apparent from the recent statements by the party’s media managers and its star election campaigners, PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
RAHUL Gandhi on Saturday, hit out at the BJP citing a media report which alleged a “prospect of conflict of interest” in national security adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya’s think-tank ‘India Foundation’ that has some senior BJP ministers as its directors.
“After the huge success of Shah-Zada, a new offering by the BJP — Ajit Shaurya Saga,” Rahul tweeted.
Shah-zada refers to Jay Shah, the son of BJP chief Amit Shah, whose enormous profits had been slammed by the Congress vice president earlier.
According to the report, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce minister Suresh Prabhu, minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar and minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha serve as directors in the think tank India Foundation run by Shaurya Doval.
“Has any cabinet minister ever served in an NGO in India’s history. Why is the PM silent? He should sack the four ministers,” Congress spokesperson and former union minister Kapil Sibal said, adding that Prasar Bharti chairman Surya Prakash and BJP leader Ram Madhav were also working for the NGO.
He said if a similar charge had surfaced during the UPA rule, demands for registering an FIR would have come and the parliament would have been disrupted.
Terming four BJP ministers serving India Foundation as a direct case of conflict of interest, Sibal cited the example of Sonia Gandhi, who resigned as chairperson of the national advisory council and got herself re-elected when the then main opposition BJP had raised the office of profit issue.
“Ram Madhav is a BJP office bearer, a party general secretary. He can’t be a director in the NGO. The ministers can’t be in the NGO. They do not know the law. It will result in prosecution and imprisonment,” said Sibal.
The former Union law minister questioned the funding of the NGO saying big international and national companies sponsored the events organised by the India Foundation.