Chandigarh: On the eve of Narendra Modi’s visit to Chandigarh, BJP today launched a scathing attack on Congress nominee and former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal over the issue of corruption and dared him to an open debate on the ‘cash-for-job’ scandal.
Senior BJP leader and former MP Satya Pal Jain asked Bansal if he was ready for an open debate on the railway ‘cash-for-job’ scandal after which he had to resign from the UPA government.
Jain claimed that Bansal and other Congress leaders were avoiding discussion on the issue of corruption in public life.
Referring to the arrest of Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla while accepting bribe, Jain said, “It is unbelievable that any close relative of a minister would accept a bribe of Rs 90 lakh without the consent of the minister.”
Jain, who was among the front runners for the party’s ticket from Chandigarh, said while Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is talking of bringing “anti-corruption laws” and Bansal is shirking the issue. BJP will not allow him to run away from this, he asserted.
Jain also criticised the local administration for not allowing the party’s ‘Rath Yatra’ scheduled for April 9 on the occasion of ‘Ram Nabami’. “This is an insult to the religious sentiments of Hindus,” he said.
BJP has fielded actor-turned-politician Kirron Kher against sitting MP Bansal. The Aam Aadmi Party has nominated actor Gul Panag from the seat that goes to polls on April 10.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Modi will address a rally in Chandigarh tomorrow.