Rahul admits oversight in Panama paper allegation against Shivraj

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Indore, Oct 30: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday acknowledged that he had slipped up by alleging that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son’s name featured in the Panama papers. But the explanation couldn’t stop the CM’s son, Kartikeya, from filing a defamation suit in a Bhopal court.
“These days, I go to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana. There is so much corruption by BJP, so many scams that I got confused. Madhya Pradesh CM’s name isn’t in the Panama papers, but it is in the Vyapam and e-tendering scams,” he said.
CM Chouhan had on Monday threatened to file a defamation suit, tweeting: “Mr Rahul Gandhi, 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 mala fide statements. Let the law take its own course now.” He followed it up with another tweet reiterating the warning in Hindi.
On Tuesday, Rahul seized the first opportunity to offer an explanation. At an informal interaction with journalists, he was asked why he doesn’t say anything against Chouhan. He replied that he did so on Monday, but got it wrong.
BJP wasn’t satisfied and demanded an unconditional public apology from Rahul. “Everybody knows that Rahul is immature but this doesn’t allow him to insult anybody. He is confused by the corruption of Congress and not BJP,” said BJP state spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal.