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Cong targets MoS Inderjit, cites graft allegations from UPA-I


New Delhi: After Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh today came under attack from his former party Congress which claimed BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had sought action against Singh for alleged corruption when he was in UPA government.

While party MP Rajiv Satav posted the link to the communication by Somaiya in 2011 on his Twitter handle, party spokesperson Shashi Tharoor today questioned how can it be that “one is corrupt when in UPA and is non-corrupt when in the BJP”.

Singh, who was earlier in Congress, was a Minister of State in Defence in UPA-I. He joined BJP just before the Lok Sabha election.
In his communication, Somaiya had then alleged Singh’s role in grabbing of defence land in Kandivili Mumbai ,and had even calling it an “Adarsh II scam”. He had demanded action against the then MoS of Defence Singh.

Replyiing to a question on it at the AICC briefing, Tharoor said that the BJP attacked the same people when they were in Congress and then the “same BJP appoints the same people in their ministry. Does it mean that they were purely political positions.”

He wondered how can it be that one is “corrupt when in UPA and is “non-corrupt when in the BJP”.

Satav also took a jibe on it on Twitter noting “good days” while giving the link to a media report as well as Somaiya’s letter.