BJP president Amit Shah on Monday defended Arun Jaitley in the DDCA corruption issue, saying that the Aam Adami Party is trying to defame the Union finance minister in a malicious fashion.
Shah also said that AAP was daydreaming if it thought that its actions will harm Jaitley’s image.
“AAP is trying to defame Arun ji in a malicious fashion. BJP and the nation stands with Arun ji,” said the party president.
Shah’s defence of Jaitley came on the day when the mininster filed civil and criminal defamation suits against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders for alleging large-scale financial bungling during the BJP leader’s 13-year tenure as the chief of the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
Shah said that the party stands behind Jaitley. “BJP unitedly stands behind Arun Jaitley whose transparency is cited as an example in public life,” said the BJP chief.
Amit Shah also said that the Arun Jaitley was respected for his honesty and integrity and had nothing to do with the allegations levelled against him.
He said that the developments will cause harm to AAP.
Apart from the party president, Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu also said on Monday that the BJP stood firmly behind finance minister Arun Jaitley, saying he has an “impeccable character”.
“The party is solidly behind him,” Naidu said, extending support to Jaitley.
“Arun Jaitley does not need a certificate from anyone. He has an impeccable character. If somebody is trying to spit on the Sun, it will fall on them,” he said.
Naidu claimed the allegations by AAP is a bid to divert the attention of people from the corruption by its officer as “they are worried that it may reach them”.
He said Jaitley will “not take things lying down” and has thus filed defamation cases against those making “wild allegations”.
Naidu, when asked if the party was contemplating any action against Azad for making allegations in the DDCA issue and taking a dig on Jaitley in this connection, however, however, did not reply.
“The party president is seized of the matter. The party will take care of it. It is not to be discussed in Parliament. President will see and he is seized of the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, undeterred by the cases, Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday he wasn’t intimidated by the defamation cases against him and that his fight against corruption will continue.
The Delhi government has decided to set up an inquiry commission to probe the alleged irregularities under former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium and called a special session of the house to discuss the matter.
Over the past week, big guns from the AAP and BJP have traded fire over alleged corruption in the DDCA which, the city’s ruling party claims, deepened under Jaitley’s watch. The BJP has rubbished the allegations and said a previous government probe found no proof of wrongdoing against Jaitley.