Union minister dares BJP to prove corruption charges in Raj
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 21:27
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 were proven.

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 of Joshi.

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.


First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 21:27

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