New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday continued its tirade against the BJP’s vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu, a former union minister, for his alleged corruption, claiming his explanation and defence by the Telangana government to the charges it levelled on Monday have thrown up more questions on probity in public life.
Its communication department chief Randeep Singh Surjewala said the four questions should also be answered by Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in view of their repeated rhetoric on “zero tolerance for corruption and wrongdoing.”
On the Telangana government’s clarification that Swarna Bharat Trust of Naidu’ daughter Deepa Venkat was not the only trust exempted from paying development charges of Rs 2.46 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority as 16 other trusts were also granted exemption, Surjewala asked why similar exemption was not granted to hundreds of other NGOs.
“Is it not fact that the Swarna Bharat Trust appears as a defaulter under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act at serial number 5892 in the list released by the Home Ministry on July 8 for not filing returns of receipt of the foreign donations,” he asked, wondering if it is fair to grant exemption to a trust facing charges of FCRA violation.
On 350 Toyota vehicles bought by Telangana government from Harsha Toyota, a firm owned by Naidu’s son, without any tender, Surjewala said another lot of 350 vehicles of same brand were bought from another firm and as such the basic question is why all vehicles not purchased only through tender. Was the price paid to Harsha Toyota not higher than one paid to Radha Krishna Motors, he asked.