On 8 October, online news portal The Wire had published an article alleging that turnover at Amit Shah’s son Jay Amit Shah-led company Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd rose 16,000 times after the BJP came to power at the Centre. File photo: Mint
On 8 October, online news portal The Wire had published an article alleging that turnover at Amit Shah’s son Jay Amit Shah-led company Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd rose 16,000 times after the BJP came to power at the Centre. File photo: Mint

Congress sharpens attack on BJP chief Amit Shah

The Congress has demanded that BJP national president Amit Shah be removed from his post to allow for a fair inquiry into his son Jay Amit Shah's company

Bengaluru: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has demanded that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah resign or be removed from his post to allow for a fair inquiry into his son Jay Amit Shah’s company that has reportedly seen a huge surge in profit after the BJP came to power in 2014.

On 8 October, online news portal The Wire had published an article alleging that turnover at Jay Amit Shah’s company Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd rose 16,000 times after the BJP came to power at the Centre—a charge vehemently denied by the party and its top brass.

“We demand that to conduct an independent and credible investigation, a commission comprising of two senior most Supreme Court judges be appointed to submit a report within a time bound period," Randeep S. Surjewala, communications in-charge of the AICC, said in a statement in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Using policies like demonetization and the implementation of goods and services tax (GST), the Congress and other political parties have sharpened attacks on the BJP in recent times, especially in the poll bound states.

“This is a moment of reckoning for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Whether he will stand on the side of friendship and party politics or whether he will stand with the truth, accountability and morality," he added.

The allegations had left the BJP red-faced and blunted its attacks against the Congress and its alleged impropriety. Senior cabinet ministers of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have defended the BJP president and his family. Jay Shah even filed a Rs100 crore defamation case against the news portal.

The Congress and other opposition parties used the issue as a rallying point and levelled allegations of crony capitalism practiced by the BJP which stormed into power in 2014 highlighting misgovernance by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA- I &II) governments.

AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi also highlighted the issue in poll bound Gujarat—the home state of both Modi and Amit Shah.

Surjewala pointed out that past presidents of the BJP like L.K. Advani, Bangaru Laxman and Nitin Gadkari had also resigned from their posts after such allegations were levelled to ensure a free and fair investigation.

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