The Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed many a time that his government had zero tolerance for corruption and it was this promise that brought the BJP to power in 2014 elections. Almost all promises made by the party were forgotten by the Prime Minister and consequently his popularity base shrunk hugely. The negative steps taken by the government like demonetization and introduction of GST have further cut the grassroot support.
Against this dismal background, the government has now made up its mind to defend the company run by Jay Shah, the son of Amit Shah, the BJP president. The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi while campaigning for the party in Gujarat, said after the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme, the BJP had now launched new scheme ‘Beta Bacho’ and that the party was trying very hard to save the son of the party president. Ministers and even Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh refuted the allegation that the profits of the company rose manyfold after the BJP cames to power and after Amit Shah became party chief. It is a clear case because the website The Wire presented the documents obtained from the Registrar of Company but the government adopted an adamant stand to support Jay Shah.
The Congress launched a scathing attack on the government for allowing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to defend the case on behalf of Jay Shah in a defamation case filed by him against the website. The Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad did not follow the ‘rajdharma’.