'Congress has no moral right to speak of corruption'

NEW DELHI: BJP today hit back at Congress over its “tainted” leaders charge, saying the party whose leadership is out on bail in a case of alleged fraud and ran a “corrupt” regime for ten years has no moral right to talk of corruption.

The party claimed that the court has given a clean chit to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and Congress should not make “baseless” allegations. BJP also asserted that there was probity in its government and it was transparent.

Refuting allegations that BJP is trying to bring down Congress governments, party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress is losing its base across the country under Sonia Gandhi and is facing a leadership crisis.

Its governments are falling due to internal crisis and ‘revolts’ within, he claimed.

“The party whose President and Vice President are out on bail in a Rs 5,000 crore fraud case, those who ran a corrupt government for the last ten years have no moral right to talk on corruption,” he claimed.

On Yeddyurappa, Sharma said, “The court has given a clean chit to B S Yeddyurappa and Congress is trying to make baseless charges.”

The BJP leader also said that Congress should stop blaming the BJP for bringing down its governments in states as it was due to problems within that party.

“There is a leadership crisis in Congress under Sonia Gandhi as it is losing its base everywhere. Of all the states, Congress is left in power in only seven of them, of which there is an internal revolt in three,” he said, referring to Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka.

On Union Minister Y S Chowdary’s issue, Sharma said, “The law will take its own course”. A Hyderabad court has issued non-bailable warrant in a case filed by a Mauritius-based bank for alleged default of repayment of loan.

Asked about Pakistan, the BJP leader said the problems are 68 years old and the Modi government is only trying to set things right.

He said the issues have arisen due to “wrong policies” initiated by the Jawaharlal Nehru government after independence and “that country would not have been in existence had it not been Nehru’s craving for power”.

“Pakistan for the first time has accepted that its land has been used for terror activities,” he said, adding that it was the reason why its JIT was allowed to visit here so that it acts against the perpetrators of Pathankot terror attack.

On the issue of not allowing terror and talks together, he said the talks between the two NSAs are also on terror.

Congress today attacked BJP for appointing “tainted” leaders like B S Yeddyurappa and Keshav Prasad Maurya to lead the party in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, saying it “exposes” the promise of probity made by the ruling party.