In a huge embarrassment for the Congress party and the possible alliance of non-BJP parties ahead of the general elections, the party president Rahul Gandhi admitted to being confused while levelling corruption charges against MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Rahul Gandhi said today, "BJP mein itna brashtachaar hai ki main kal confuse ho gaya tha. Madhya Pradesh ke CM ne Panama nahi kiya unhone to e-tendering aur Vyapam scam kiye hain. The BJP has so many corruption charges against it, that I was confused yesterday. The CM of Madhya Pradesh is not involved in the Panama scam, he is involved in the Vyapam scam."
Rahul Gandhi had said in his earlier remark that the MP CM's son was named in the Panama papers. Gandhi is likely to face a defamation suit for his comments as the campaign for the November state election grows bitter.
Chouhan accused the Congress president of making "patently false allegations" linked to the Vyapam recruitment scam and the Panama Papers against him and his family.
At a public meeting on Monday, Rahul Gandhi repeated his allegations against the Chief Minister, accusing him of presiding over "rampant corruption".
Without taking names, Gandhi used Shivraj Singh Chouhan's nickname to target him: "Udhar Chowkidar, Idhar Mamaji. Mamaji ke jo bete hai, Panama Papers me unka naam nikalta hai. (On one side, you have the watchman, on the other side you have 'mamaji'. The name of the son of 'mamaji' figured in Panama Papers)," Gandhi said.
The BJP instantly rubbished the charges."Probably, Rahul, after visiting Mahakal Temple in Ujjain and after having 'prasad', got influenced by it and levelled these baseless allegations," said the party's Kailash Vijaywargiya.
State BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal also mocked Gandhi and said: "As president of the Congress party, he (Rahul Gandhi) is committing a crime morally and legally. The party leadership will decide what action needed to be taken in the matter."