New Delhi: BJP on Thursday challenged AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to furnish the letter he claims that Modi had signed in favour of a gas price hike or apologise for lying.
Chief spokesperson of Delhi BJP Sanjay Kaul today said Kejriwal`s reported statements at a rally in Delhi suggesting that he was in possession of a letter signed by Narendra Modi seeking a gas price hike was a "blatant lie".
"It is unbecoming of someone who has held office to indulge in this level of falsehood and I challenge Kejriwal to produce such a letter or apologise publicly for saying this," Kaul said, adding that his failure to do so would only confirm Kejriwal`s reputation as a pathological liar.
Kaul argued that the AAP campaign on the gas price fixation was a red herring designed to fuel Kejriwal`s election campaign and AAP has tried to politicise the gas price fixation issue and floated a new conspiracy theory only to bolster its falling popularity ratings.
Kaul further clarified that Gujarat Chief minister and BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has written no such letter to the Government of India in this regard.
Reacting to a press note circulated by AAP earlier, Kaul said that Government of Gujarat has never asked for a price of USD 16 per MMBTU of domestic natural gas as is being alleged.
"Kejriwal should have known that the price and volumes of natural gas are dictated by the Government of India and State Governments have no role in the matter," he said.
Pointing out that the matter of gas pricing was already pending in the Supreme Court and the matter was under the consideration of the Parliament Standing Committee, Kaul underlined that Kejriwal`s exhortations were only meant to excite the public and not to work for the benefit of consumers.