Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has threatened to file a defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly leveling false allegations of Vyapam case and Panama Papers against the chief minister and his family.
Early on Tuesday, CM Chouhan tweeted that he is going to file a criminal defamation suit against Congress chief and asserted that the law will take its own course.
“Mr @RahulGandhi, you have been making patently false allegations of Vyapam to Panama Papers against me and my family. Tomorrow, I am filing a criminal defamation suit for maximum damages against you for frivolous and malafide statements. Let law take its own course now,” tweeted Chouhan.
You have been making patently false allegations of Vyapam to Panama Papers against me and my family.
Tomorrow, I am filing a criminal defamation suit for maximum damages against you for frivolous and malafide statements.
Let law take its own course now.
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) October 29, 2018
In another tweet posted in Hindi, the CM said, “For the past many years, Congress has been accusing me and my family. We respect everybody and maintain our dignity but, today Rahul Gandhi crossed his limits when he said my son Yuva Kartikey’s name has come in Panama papers. We are going to file a defamation suit against him tomorrow.”
On Monday, Gandhi had addressed a rally in Jhabua where he had said, “Name of the son of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan surfaced in the Panama papers, but no action was taken. Even a country like Pakistan punished its former PM when he was named in the Panama papers.”
The Congress leader had further alleged that Madhya Pradesh’s government is pursuing a “dharma of corruption”.
Addressing a rally in the poll-bound state, Gandhi alleged that the Chouhan government was involved in the Vyapam scam and also accused it of financial irregularities while organising Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain in 2016.
“Nearly 50 persons were killed in the aftermath of Vyapam scam. The state’s education infrastructure has been finished. They talk of dharma but their dharma is corruption. They did not spare even the Kumbh. There was corruption in (Simhastha) Kumbh…the cost was inflated nearly 10 times. There was a demand for CBI inquiry…but even the CBI Director has been removed by Modi,” he said.
Elections to the state Assembly will be held in Madhya Pradesh on November 28. The Congress is seeking to oust the BJP which has been in power in the state for the past 15 years.