At a time when the CBI and ED are raiding the offices and residences of opposition leaders, as the anti-corruption organs of the government seem to be earnestly on their job, it is revealed that a business company within three years of NDA rule made a fortune of unimaginably high sums for a ‘start-up’. Apparently it was not a fair trade practice but through hook and crook machinations and patronage of those at high positions. It was a bolt from the blue for the BJP because the owner of the company is Jay Amitbhai Shah, the son of Amit Shah, the ruling party president and powerful man next to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This stunning report shook those at the helm of affairs. The report filed by The Wire website said the company Temple Enterprises Pvt Limited grew by 16,000 times after Narendra Modi formed the government at the centre and Amit Shah became the BJP president. The Wire wrote that balance sheets and annual reports obtained from the Registrar of Company had revealed that in the financial years ending March 2013 and 2014 Temple Enterprises recorded losses of Rs 6230 and Rs 1724 respectively. However, in 2015-16 its turnover rose to 80. 5 crore i.e. its worth increased by 16,000 times. Soon after, in 2016, the company wound its business declaring that it posted losses.
Following the report, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party sought answers from Amit Shah and demanded the government to conduct a probe by the CBI and ED. The BJP termed the report malicious and defamatory. Jay Amitbai Shah filed a defamation case seeking a compensation of Rs 100 crore from the owner and editor of the website. When dubious operations of a company come to light, that too based on the record filed at the Registrar of Company, it is obligatory on the part of the government to conduct a probe, but the authorities maintained that the report filed by The Wire website was false and malicious. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in his tweet said, “Modiji…Did you act as a watchman or were you a partner? Please say something.” It further added, “We finally found the only beneficiary of Demonetisation. It is not the RBI, the poor and the farmers. It is the Shah-in-Shah of Demo. Jai Amit.” He had also tagged a copy of the news report on the issue in his tweet. During 2015-16 Jay Shah’s company received an unsecured loan of Rs 15.78 crore from a financial services firm and turned from stock trading to wind-power generation. Only because the owner of the company is the son of Amit Shah, not only has the whole BJP stood behind Jay Shah but even union Home minister Rajnath Singh ruled out the possibility of any probe into the operations of the company. The Prime Minister, as is his wont, did not speak on the issue.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said there was no reason for shying away from the probe especially when the BJP was maintaining that there was nothing wrong in the whole matter. He also reminded Amit Shah that BJP chiefs in the past had resigned in the wake of allegations against them including L K Advani, Bangaru Lakshman and Nitin Gadkari. Definitely Amit Shah will be little impressed by moral examples of his predecessors who were only presidents of the party. Amit Shah thinks of himself, and perhaps is, next to the Prime Minister and an advisor-in-chief on all important matters including reshuffling of the cabinet the prerogative of the Prime Minister. No doubt, this inaction of the government which is clear nepotism will be rightly exploited by the Congress and other opposition parties in the coming elections. The BJP seems to be heavily dependent on the Modi’s charisma which is now lost in the air because of numerous failures of the government almost on all fronts.