Rahul Gandhi targets Ghulam, Scindia, Anil Antony over Adani issue; BJP reacts
New Delhi, April 8: A day after NCP chairman Sharad Pawar claimed there is "no need" for a JPC probe into the findings of the Hindenburg report, a tool used by the Congress and its allies to attack the ruling BJP, party leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that he will not drop the Adani issue.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said in Hindi, "They hide the truth, that's why they mislead every day! The question remains the same - who has Rs 20,000 crore benami money in Adani's companies?"
In his tweet, the Congress leader also poked fun at former Congress leaders who have defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party or broken decades-long ties with the grand old party, such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Defence Minister AK Antony's son Anil Antony.
Anil Antony, who joined the BJP on Thursday, responded to the former Congress president by saying that the Congress' "so-called" PM candidate speaks like a social media cell troll.
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"Sri. @RahulGandhi- This is sad to see a former President of a national party - the so-called PM candidate of the @INCIndia speak like an online/social media cell troll and not like a national leader. Very humbled to see my fledgling name also with these tall stalwarts who have contributed decades for nation-building work - and had to leave the party as they preferred to work for India and our people and not for a family," Antony said.
Anil Antony joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday in Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi's stinging remarks came after senior opposition leader Sharad Pawar said there is "no need" for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani issue because the Supreme Court-appointed committee is investigating the relevant issues and that the Adani group appears to have been "targeted" in the Hindenburg Research report.
"....Someone gave a statement, and it created uproar in the country. Such statements were given earlier too, which created ruckus. But the importance given to the issue this time was out of proportion. There was a need to think who raised the issue (gave report). We had not heard the name who gave the statement. What is the background? When such issues are raised, they create uproar in the country, the cost is borne ....how it impacts the economy. We can't ignore such things, and it seems (it) was targeted," Pawar said.
The remarks of the NCP chief contradict those of Congress, which has demanded a JPC probe into the Hindenburg-Adani issue. Several opposition parties have also backed the need for a JPC probe.
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