Congress demands Ananth Kumar's resignation over Radia issue

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:19 am IST

Published - December 24, 2010 07:49 pm IST - New Delhi

The Congress on Friday sought to turn tables on the BJP on the corruption issue demanding removal of its general secretary Ananth Kumar for his alleged links with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

The party also levelled a charge that Radia had “close relations with the Prime Minister’s Office during NDA rule through a close relative of the Prime Minister“.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi raised ten questions to the BJP projecting it as “a party steeped in corruption“.

“BJP’s silence at yesterday’s revelation about the lobbyist’s role during BJP government and the antics of its senior General Secretary (Ananth Kumar) is eloquent. It has once again proved that BJP is a corrupt party and it has no regard for national security,” Singhvi said.

Kumar dismissed the charges levelled against him as “completely false” and said he will initiate legal action against the makers of these allegations.

“The imputations made against me are completely false and malicious. There is not an iota of truth in them. I shall be initiating legal action against the makers of these allegations” he said.

Radia’s Vaishnavi Communication has also issued a denial saying accusations in this regard were being made to influence some legal proceedings.

Accusing Kumar, who was Civil Aviation Minister in the then NDA government, of having had an “intimate business relationship” with Radia, the Congress spokesperson wondered as to how senior leader L.K. Advani went to inaugurate Radia’s Trust which land was alloted in posh Vasant Kunj.

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