Jaipur: With allegations flying thick in
Rajasthan, Congress leader and Union Minister C P Joshi on Thursday
dared the opposition BJP to file police complaints against the
government functionaries rather than indulging in verbal
attacks over corruption charges.
Addressing a press conference here, Joshi also shot
back at allegations levelled on him, saying the BJP leader
targetting him was trying to raise her political profile by
attacking a Central minister.
The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister said he
would step down if allegations about him being instrumental in
the auctioning off of a Bhilwara textile mill for low rates
Allegations of corruption and favouritism have been
raised against Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot recently and
the opposition BJP has stepped up its attack on him.
"In democracy this is the job of the opposition to
make allegations and create doubt in people`s minds, but there
is also a due process to verify the charges," Joshi said.
He also hit out at the media for "shirking its
responsibility" of verifying information or giving due
weightage to all points of view.
"Why doesn`t the opposition write to the Lokayukta, or
register FIRs against the chief minister and other government
functionaries if they have evidence?" he wondered.
Joshi also took a jibe at BJP leader Kiran Maheshwari,
who had recently levelled allegations of corruption against
him, and said perhaps she was trying to raise her political
profile "by targetting a Union Minister".
"But, if you want to do politics of national-level,
level allegations on basis of evidence," he said.
Maheshwari had a few days back alleged that the mill
land in Bhilwara was auctioned at a measly price on the behest
Joshi dared the opposition to bring evidence in front
of the people in 15 days or apologise.
On the Supreme Court setting aside the N N Mathur
Commission that was established by the Gehlot government to
look into corruption charges against the previous BJP
government, Joshi said it was done only on technical grounds.
"Gehlot wanted to verify the charges against the
previous government through the Commission, but the Supreme
Court set it aside only on technical aspects or mechanism of
its establishment. The Court has not at all gone into the
merit of the charges," he said.