NEW DELHI: In his concluding speech at his party’s 84th Plenary Session here on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a strong dig at BJP when he said, in a clear reference to Amit Shah, that no murder-accused will ever be Congress chief.
He also equated the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS with the “Kauravas” of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and said that the dharma of the BJP is just to grab power.
“They (BJP) will accept a man accused of murder as the president of BJP, but the people will never accept the same in the Congress party,” said Rahul pointing to BJP chief Amit Shah who was accused some fake encounters of Gujarat. He was discharged by a trial court of CBI in the famous Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case in December 2014. CBI has not challenged the verdict in higher court.
Rahul’s attack on BJP was so scathing that the saffron party sent Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the press to counter his charges. Addressing a press conference, she said that the allegations against Shah were “false, motivated campaign” by Congress and he has been cleared of all charges by the court.
Shah was discharged by a trial court of CBI on 31 Dec 2014, about a month after the sitting judge of the case BH Loya died in Nagpur where he had gone to attend a fellow judge’s daughter’s marriage. In November last year, judge Loya’s family raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death. In December, some petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking investigation into judge Loya’s death. On Friday (16 March 2018), the SC bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra reserved order in the case.