Press Briefing of Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala, In-charge Communication Department AICC 14-2-2017
On the question as to how the Congress Party is planning to take this forward, Shri Surjerwala said this video of 12th February 2017 has placed the entire evidence in public domain. The video is for you to see, judge and decide and for the entire country to see, judge and decide. Never has this country seen such a glaring instance where one of the senior Members of the Cabinet has admitted to collection of money and sharing of booty at the highest level. If that is so, the onus today lies on the PM for taking action and sacking both Shri Ananth Kumar and Shri Yediurruppa. The Prime Minister and Shri Amit Shah need to answer if the money that was being so collected, as admitted by the Hon'ble Cabinet Minister and the BJP President and former CM was being shared up to the highest level and what is that highest level. Is that the level of the Party or is it the Central Government? These are the questions now that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Amit Shah need to answer.
Shri Surjewala said if you look at the video, the tone and tenor of Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, the very fact that the video has been now in public domain for 24 hours but right from Shri Amit Shah to the Minister concerned, Shri Ananth Kumar as also Shri Yeddiurappa who has been earlier charged in multiple cases of corruption which now lie pending in the Hon'ble Supreme Court. None of them have given any defence. The very fact that Mr. Yediuruppa goes on to say and I again quote him "All would have given but who keeps all of this in writing”. It is regarding when in power. Please mark the words again. I read it for you. It says "when in power, you have also paid money, I have also paid money” and they are in power currently. The inference is for you to draw. The inference is loud and clear and it is regarding misusing public office and collecting ill gotten money.
In this connection Shri Surjewala further said the second part of the conversation does point towards a conspiracy being hatched in some fashion. We do not know what is it? It is apparent that the BJP including Mr. Yeddiuruppa and Mr. Ananth Kumar are aware of some document being fabricated so that they can pull it till the election. That seems to be the intent.
So, it is for Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to clarify what kind of sinister conspiracy they are hatching to malign their political opponents. It is for Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Amit Shah to tell, more so for Prime Minister to tell and Home Minister to tell as to how they are misusing the office and agencies of CBI, ED and Income Tax and about which the President of your Party and a Minister belonging to that State who is a Cabinet Minister are talking on stage about hatching a conspiracy about the lighting of a small spark and carrying on till election. So, the conspiracy of BJP is writ large - on one side is the collection of ill gotten money and on the other side is hatching of a conspiracy, so both stand unveiled.
Shri Gundu Rao further said that Mr. Yeddiuruppa has been making all kinds of allegations in the last three months and it is very clear that there is a political vendetta which is taking place or a political conspiracy to malign the Congress Government and also to destabilize the Government. Even in the month of December Mr. Yeddiuruppa had made a claim that he has got information regarding the Ministers and within ten days, all have to resign. So, please produce the documents and how are you in knowledge of any documents. Today again he is claiming there is certain diary which has got incriminating evidence. How is he getting access to all these documents and in fact the person who he has alleged against regarding the diary issue, he has issued a legal notice to Mr. Yeddiuruppa yesterday - defamation notice of Rs. 10 Crore against Mr. Yeddiuruppa on this particular matter. So, we do not know what is there in the document based on certain raid on certain individual. How can he make wild allegations and like what Shri Surjewala said it is a political conspiracy which is being hatched throughout the country, Karnataka is also part of it. Congress Governments are trying to be destabilized like Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, today it is Karnataka; we are going to polls in next one year. So, I think the Dirty Tricks Deptt. of the BJP is working overtime. It is for Mr. Yeddiuruppa and Mr. Ananth Kumar now to disprove whatever they have claimed and it is for the leadership of BJP to act against him if they want to retain any credibility in what they say about corruption and removing corruption from this country. So based on some hearsay, we cannot make comments about any diary and about any documents.
Shri Surjewala added that so fortunately for the Karnataka Government, the conspiracy has now been caught on video. The BJP conspiracy besides their own corruption now stands caught red-handed. 'Chor ko mauke par pakadna, jo Hindi ki purani kahavat hai, isi ka naam hai, jo is video se pradarshit hai'.
एक प्रश्न पर कि पहले भाजपा के सीनियर नेता इस प्रकार की बातें कर रहे हैं, क्या कहेंगे, श्री सुरजेवाला ने कहा कि श्री येदियुरप्पा और श्री अनंत कुमार के इस वार्तालाप से एक बात स्पष्ट है कि भारतीय जनता पार्टी द्वारा पद और सत्ता का दुरुपयोग कहीं ना कहीं पैसा एकत्रित करने के लिए किया जाता है। कालेधन से लड़ाई लड़ने वाले प्रधानमंत्री जी की विश्वसनीयता का प्रश्न है या तो इन दोनों व्यक्तियों को उनके पद से मुक्त करें क्योंकि ये सीध-सीधे भ्रष्टाचार निरोधक कानून का मामला है। शर्तिया इस मामले की जांच होनी चाहिए। जब रहस्य की परते खुलेंगी तो असली मुखौटा सामने आएगा कि ये जो पैसा ये एकत्रित कर रहे हैं, वो जा कहाँ रहा है।
On the verdict of Hon'ble Supreme Court given today in the matter of Ms. Sashikala, Shri Surjewala said Hon'ble Supreme Court's Division Bench has found Ms. Sashikala guilty and has debarred her from holding public office. Supreme Court is the final Court of the Land and the Supreme Court having spoken, each one of us must respect the verdict of the Court and we have nothing further to add in the matter.
However, BJP and Modi Government should now stop fishing in troubled water. Role of the Governor which has been circumspect in this entire episode must now become clear and rule of Law and Constitution must prevail. Governor must forthwith call a Special Session of the Tamil Nadu Vidhan Sabha to permit the ruling party including more than one claimant, if any, to prove their majority on the Floor of the House in accordance with the verdict in Bommai Case. Why is Governor shying away from calling a Special Session and permitting the ruling party to prove its mandate? Why the Hon'ble Supreme Court judgment in SR Bommai case is is not being adhered to and followed either by the Governor and the Central Government and the most important issue is to have a stable Government in Tamil Nadu, delivery of services for people of Tamil Nadu and good governance in the State of Tamil Nadu. For that it is essential that clarity on formation of Government comes as soon as possible. BJP Modi Government and the Governor should not stand in the way of the democracy but permit the majority will to prevail. That is the view of Congress Party which sits in Opposition. So irrespective of ideological differences, whoever has the mandate of the people must be permitted to rule the State.