The report that the online portal The Wire was about business dealings of Shah Jr and his firm Temple Enterprise Private Ltd. Is it not gambling? “Please say something”, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.The Congress held press conferences on the issue in almost a dozen cities and state capitals across the country.
The Congress has demanded an inquiry into the matter, while the BJP called the article defamatory.
Odisha BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma dismissed Routs comments against Shah and his son.
Chennithala’s demand has come at a time when the Kerala unit of the BJP led by state president Kummanem Rajasekheran is on a state-wide padyatra against the CPI-M.
“But on 5 October, Amit Shah-ji disappeared from the yatra, because in those two days when the yatra passed through Kannur district, it became clear that the people of Kannur and Kerala had rejected the yatra”.
Shah’s lawyers have denied offences but did not challenge the extraordinary growth of 16000times in the company’s turnover.
Babbar also wanted to know whether any company (Kusum Finserve), offering financial services, got Rs 25-crore loan by mortgage of assets worth Rs 6.20 crore.
This allegations of corruption and the resultant declaration of the intention to file a civil and criminal defamation suit made it to the front pages of nearly every national daily today. “There was no irregularity on his (Jay’s) part and all loans taken by him were in accordance with law and paid with interest”, Parnami told reporters in Alwar.
Replying to another question over the appearance of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for Jay Shah in the defamation case, Mr. Goyal said there is nothing illegal in it. “Moreover, he hasn’t failed to pay his loans through legitimate ways and a businessman in me sees nothing wrong either in his suddenly surged turnover or profit margin”, said Poddar where State BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo was also present.
Here are some of the tweets that poked fun at Jay Shah.
“We are only saying that pradhan sevak should probe because this is excellent example of crony capitalism”.
The party’s decision to field a Cabinet Minister to defend someone who is not a member of the government was also largely criticised by the opposition parties. He can defend the government.
Goyal explained that that the commodity business started by Jay Shah, along with a family friend, was closed down after it ran into loses. “Is there so much closeness?”
Shah to file defamation case of Rs 100 crore.
Sibal said the party had not said anything malicious and was only seeking information on Jay Shah’s deals.