Getting back at BJP’s allegations that middleman Sanjay Bhandari paid Rs 10 lakh for Air Tickets for Robert Vadra, Congress said the charges were devised to divert attention from – “beta bachao andolan” – the controversy surrounding the business practices of BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.
AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said Modi’s air trips cost over Rs 16.56 crore between 2003 and 2007, underlining that the list of flights quoted by him was provided by the Gujarat government under RTI queries.
“The nation wants to know, we want to know, as to who paid for these chartered plane travels by Modi. No information has been furnished till date in response to an RTI query made in 2007,” Singhvi, along with Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modwadia, told a press conference on Wednesday.
He asked how could a government functionary accept a gift worth Rs 16.56 crore from private entities. Lashing out at defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman for seeking answers from Congress on Vadra’s alleged air tickets, Singhvi said it was ironical that BJP was questioning about a seven-year old issue involving Rs 10 lakh when the said middleman had been in close company of the Modi government till recently.
He said the Bhandari-Vadra issue pertains to “Pilatus induction” of 2012 under the defence ministry. But the ministry in December 2015 announced the induction of these basic trainer aircraft and even mentioned it as an achievement.
Source : timesofindia