Jayanthi didn't meet Amit Shah: BJP

The BJP on Friday denied that former Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan had met any of their leaders last year.

Reacting to reports that Ms. Natarajan had met BJP chief Amit Shah during the winter session of Parliament, party’s national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, ``that is not correct. She has not met any BJP leader.’’

After Ms. Natarajan quit the Congress on Friday there was speculation on whether she might join the BJP.

Earlier, the BJP accused the Congress of subjecting the nation to “sadistic economy” by giving or withholding clearances to environmental projects during UPA rule due to political interference and said all such decisions must be probed.

Reacting to allegations of party interference made by former UPA Minister for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan in a letter written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi  > published exclusively in The Hindu , senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the revelations are a “text book case of crony capitalism".

“Policies were made to hurt or help some people and the Environment Ministry must take a re-look at all the projects cleared and withheld during the UPA regime," he told journalists.

Using strong words he said, “When whims of political leaders overtake legal requirements this becomes a textbook case of crony capitalism and this is exactly what the UPA government was practising. The UPA was a practitioner of sadistic economy, was vindictive in nature, wanting to teach some people a lesson and wanting to favour some. This had to be for corrupt and collateral reasons and this is precisely why India suffered in the last few years of the UPA government.’’

“I hope the Environmental Ministry now goes into each of the permissions that were granted or not and make sure that these are expeditiously dealt with only as per the law and no other considerations," he added.

He said he had no information on Ms. Jayanthi joining the BJP.

Read   >the full letter here.

The disclosures, coming as they do, on the eve of crucial Delhi Assembly elections do not augur well for the beleaguered Congress Party or its vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader P.C. Chacko termed the allegations as baseless and said the party never got any complaint from her about “interference by Mr. Gandhi's office’’.

In her letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi,   >Ms. Natarajan said she had “honoured” requests that came from Mr. Gandhi’s office and took decisions on environment clearances to projects based on “specific inputs”.

The former Minister  > was asked to step down in December 2013 for party work but was not assigned any. Later she was also removed as a party spokesperson. She said to this day she does not know why she was “removed’ as a minister.

Full coverage of Jayanthi Naratarajan quitting Congress

Former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit from the primary membership of the Congress >Read here

The Hindu Exclusive: Jayanthi Natarajan's letter to Sonia Gandhi. >Read here

Congress high command has to respond to Jayanthi's charges: CPI >Read here

Prakash Javdekar said it was his duty to review those specific files where extraneous influence had been alleged as per the letter. >Read here

Jayanthi's letter rocks capital; Congress evasive, BJP on the offensive. >Read here

BJP denied that Jayanthi Natarajan had met any of their leaders last year. >Read here

Several Congress leaders issued hard-hitting statements against their former colleague >Read here

Digvijaya Singh, AICC general secretary and in-charge of Karnataka, said her “allegations are uncalled for”. >Read here


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