Mussoorie, January 24
Congressmen from Mussoorie, livid at the statements made by BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, alleging corruption in the Congress-led UPA Government, counter-attacked by pointing out sharing of the same dais by Gadkari with tainted BJP municipal council president OP Uniyal during his election visit to Mussoorie yesterday.
The Congress members from Mussoorie, reacting to Gadkari’s remark on corruption, said that he was trying to shield the rampant corruption committed by his government in the state and was levying baseless allegations to hide his frustration as maximum members of the BJP Cabinet in the state themselves were under the scanner over several charges of corruption.
Nitin Gadkari had stated that Congress was mother of corruption in the country and 2G and Adarsh housing scams were living examples of it where many Congress leaders had been arrested and sent to jail.
Following the remarks made by Gadkari, the Congress members from Mussoorie stepped up the counter-attack on the issue of corruption against BJP. Congress party took Gadkari to task by pointing out his sharing of dais with BJP municpal council president OP Uniyal.
The Mussoorie Congress general seceratary, Javed Khan, raised question over Nitin Gadkari sharing the same dais with the corrupt BJP municipal council president while campaigning for Ganesh Joshi yesterday.
The Congress nominee from Mussoorie Assembly segment, Jot Singh Gunsola, also said that Gadkari by sharing the dais with corrupt Uniyal, who is facing a CBI enquiry on the charges of rampant corruption, showed the two-faced character of BJP, which was raising the issue only on surface.
Gunsola further said that Gadkari, by giving a clean chit to Nishank on the charges of Kumbh Mela and Citurgia scams, proved that BJP intentions on the issue of corruption were only cosmetic.
When contacted, the local unit BJP president Roop Singh Kathait clarified that MC president OP Uniyal had not been indicted as yet on any charges of corruption. The CBI enquiry was also being conducted on the whole issue and, moreover, Uniyal was a party worker and had every right to attend the meeting of the party, added Kathait. He also said that no person could be treated as a criminal before his guilt was proven and the Congress, just to save its face, was raising the issue unnecessarily to gain points in the elections.
It is worth mentioning that a section of BJP workers had also questioned the presence of tainted MC president during the election campaign earlier to the extent of leaving the party. The CBI enquiry was ordered by the High Court on the charges of corruption and nepotism against Uniyal a few months back.