New Delhi, Aug 13: The Congress on Monday approached the election commission alleging that BJP President Amit Shah had hidden his liabilities in the Rajya Sabha election affidavit of 2017.
The delegation comprising senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Singhvi and Vivek Tankha submitted the memorandum to the chief election commissioner in this regard and said BJP Chief had violated election law by concealing liabilities in respect of two properties he mortgaged for his son Jay Shah in Gujarat.
“At the time of filing his nomination papers for the election to the Upper House, Shah had already mortgaged two of his properties (in 2016) to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank (one of Gujarat’s largest Cooperative Banks) for his son Jay Shah’s business venture Kusum Finserve LLP. The properties were mortgaged in lieu of a large and substantial loan of Rupees 25 crores extended by the bank to his son’s company”, the Congress Memorandum stated.
The Memorandum asked the poll panel to initiate proceedings against BJP Chief for the filing of a false affidavit, which attracts up to six months’ imprisonment, and/or a fine.
The Congress also urged Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to follow guidelines which require suspension and disqualification of MPs who resort to incomplete disclosures in election affidavits.