Punia says he witnessed Jaitley-Mallya meet, Will quit politics if proven wrong

PL Punia
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Congress has started talks with the BSP for a possible pre-poll alliance for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections but no such move has been initiated in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where polls are also slated for the year end, say party leaders. Party sources say informal talks were underway to find a common ground with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Madhya Pradesh, while a state party leader said that all efforts are being taken to prevent division of votes of anti-BJP votes. BSP had polled 4.29 votes in Madhya Pradesh in the last election. However, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot told IANS that no such discussions with BSP or any other party have taken place as far as the state is concerned. AICC in-charge of Chhattisgarh P.L.Punia told IANS: “No discussions have taken place on the alliance so far. There is no such proposal. You must have seen in the ‘Sankalp Shivirs’ that we have initiated, we are preparing ourselves for all the 90 seats in the state. There is nothing as of now (on the alliance).”

New Delhi, Sep 13 : Stepping up his attack on Arun Jaitley for  meeting fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya before he fled to the UK, Congress president Rahul Gandhi  on Thursday presented  the foolproof evidence to the people of India about the meeting, while MP P L Punia challenged Jaitley  to resign from politics  if he is right  and “If I am proved wrong …I will do so.”

“Arun Jaitley is lying, Congress leader PL Puniya witnessed his meeting with Vijay Mallya,” Rahul Gandhi said, a day after the finance minister rubbished Vijay Mallya’s claim that he had met him before leaving for London in 2016.

Gandhi fielded senior Congress leader P L Punia, who was an eyewitness to the meeting between Jaitley and the fugitive business tycoon Mallya on March 1, 2016 during the budget session.
” It was a sit down meeting for about 20 minutes in the Central Hall of Parliament,” Gandhi said.

” There is CCTV footage available. there is a proof of meeting between Jaitley and Mallya. First, they spoke standing and then sat on a bench of the Central Hall of Parliament. It seemed very intimate meeting.”

” I challenge Jaitley on this meeting … If I am right, Jaitley has to quit politics and if I am wrong, I will do so … For the last two- half years, Jaitley never mentioned about this meeting.”

“After that on March 3 — he left for London on March 2 — my reaction was, he met Jaitley two days ago,” added the Congress leader.

Gandhi accused the finance minister of colluding with a “criminal” and not informing the probe agencies, despite having information about the liquor baron’s plan to leave the country.

Rahul said Vijay Mallya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were witnessed by a Congress leader having a discussion in parliament just two days before the fugitive tycoon’s flight to the UK,”The finance minister has to explain to the country why he has colluded with the criminal and why was he having a meeting with a criminal, what was discussed?”

India is trying to recover over Rs. 9,000 crores in unpaid loans from him.

The Opposition parties attacked the government after Vijay Mallya’s comment. Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded an independent probe into the matter. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote in a tweet,” PM Modi meets Neerav Modi before he flees the country. FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India.

Gandhi said, “The government is lying on Rafale. The government is lying on Vijay Mallya. He was given a free passage out of the country by the Finance Minister.”

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