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PM Modi back Jaitley, says he will pass ‘with flying colours’

Beleaguered Finance Minister Arun Jaitey on Tuesday got support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, in his first comments regarding the latest crisis that has hit his government, rubbished the corruption charges and said that he would come out “with flying colours.”

Defending the Finance Minister at the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting, Modi hit out at the Congress for levelling “wrong and manufactured” allegations to “defame” the government.

Jaitley has been accused by Congress and AAP of financial irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he headed it.

BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has also levelled corruption charges against Jaitley, was not present in the meeting. The Prime Minister made no reference to similar charges made by Azad in Parliament and at a press conference. According to party insiders, Modi’s address was clear that there was no question of Jaitley’s resignation.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as having said that BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje had similarly faced such “wrong” charges from Congress earlier.

“Congress is not able to digest its electoral defeats and is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government,” Naidu said quoting Modi.

It’s pertinent to mention here that Advani and a number of other leaders were investigated by the CBI during the Congress government headed by P V Narasimha Rao. 

Advani had resigned from Lok Sabha in 1996 after allegations were levelled against him in the hawala case. The case, however, later collapsed due to lack of evidence. At the meet, Modi also asked the MPs to go to people after the end of Parliament session and highlight the works done by the Centre for the betterment of poor and youth of the country.

“The PM asked them to spend one night in every Assembly seat of their Parliamentary constituencies next month and meet people and expose the disinformation carried out by the Congress,” Naidu added.
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