Follow Us:
Friday, May 27, 2022

BJP hits back at Congress, says UPA flouted norms to give sweet deal to Vijay Mallya

A political firestorm had begun on Wednesday evening after Vijay Mallya claimed that he had “met the Finance Minister” before leaving India in 2016 and “repeated my offer to settle with the banks”.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
September 13, 2018 4:56:34 pm
London : F1 Force India team boss Vijay Mallya arrives to attend a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Investigators have accused the 62-year-old of paying $200,000 to a British firm for displaying his company Kingfisher's logo during the Formula One World Championships in London and some European countries in the 1990s.AP/ PTI(AP9_12_2018_000052B)
Vijay Mallya claims he met Finance Minister before leaving India, Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge Vijay Mallya left India in 2016

The BJP on Thursday launched a counter-attack on the Congress after liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s claim yesterday that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving for London in 2016 and that he offered to settle bank loans. Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s demand of Jaitley’s resignation, the BJP accused the UPA government of being “bias and flouting norms to give a sweet deal to Kingfisher Airlines.”

Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that Mallya, the fugitive businessman and owner of Kingfisher Airlines, had got the loan after “friend, father and philosopher of black money – P Chidambaram” called up the bank officials. “How much share does the Congress have in the ‘good times’ of Mallya,” he added.

Read | Arun Jaitley’s meeting with Vijay Mallya lasted 15 minutes, check CCTV footage: Congress

“Rahul Gandhi has gone on backfoot over Kingfisher Airlines. Sometimes it seems the Airlines wasn’t owned by Mallya but by Gandhi family in the proxy. Benefits that Gandhi family got out of Kingfisher Airlines via business class upgradation, free tickets etc is in public domain,” Patra told. Alleging that the then Manmohan Singh-led government took “undue advantage from Mallya,” said Patra, asking the party to “explain (its) ties with Kingfisher.

Patra also produced four bank letters accusing UPA of changing restructuring policies to favour Mallya. “UPA backed the company which looted the police,” he said.

A political firestorm had begun on Wednesday evening after Vijay Mallya claimed that he had “met the Finance Minister” before leaving India in 2016 and “repeated my offer to settle with the banks”. Mallya’s claim was immediately dismissed as “factually false” by Jaitley who said the meeting was a “misuse of the privilege of Rajya Sabha member.” Soon after Mallya’s statement, the Congress demanded an independent probe into the allegations and resignation of Jaitley.

Best of Express Premium
What makes KuCoin P2P Trading Platform a Good Choice To Buy Crypto?Premium
Airtel Demonstrates Immersive Video Entertainment On 5G; Recreates Kapi...Premium
Is It A Good Idea To Keep One Account For All Your Financial Transactions?Premium
Touching The Sky : SIMS, Pune Alumni On A Path To Make A DifferencePremium

Latest Comment
View All Comments
Post Comment
Read Comments

Start your day the best way
with the Express Morning Briefing

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard

Featured Stories

Shah Rukh Khan reveals wife Gauri Khan's rules inside their home Mannat: ...
Shah Rukh Khan says he has TVs worth Rs 30-40 lakh in Mannat, fan reacts,...
IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB Highlights: Jos Buttler's century carries...
Tanuja says film industry now more 'corporate' instead of being a family:...
Two Cannes red carpet looks, one gorgeous Deepika Padukone. No surprise t...