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Gandhi family gave sweet deal to Mallya's Kingfisher to keep it afloat: BJP

He claimed that Rahul Gandhi was on the backfoot in the case of Kingfisher Airlines

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sambit Patra

In an all-out attack against the Congress, the BJP on Thursday alleged that the previous government had given a "sweet deal" to the beleaguered to keep it afloat and suggested that the was perhaps owned by the Gandhi family.

Attacking at a press meet, (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, alleged that the chief had links with a shell company.

He claimed that was on the backfoot in the case of and its promoter as well as the entire Gandhi family travelled on the and their travel was upgraded to business class for free.

"The entire Gandhi family was in fact helping Mallya and with the sweet deal," Patra said, while showing a bunch of documents related to the loans given by banks to the

"There is a series of letters between the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and the SBI (State Bank of India). These letters show us how the previous dispensation under Sonia Gandhi was biased, partial and kept all norms and regulations at bay to give a sweet deal to Kingfisher Airlines," he alleged.

The BJP leader was responding to Rahul Gandhi's demand for a probe into Mallya's claim that he had met Finance Minister before leaving

"Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in proxy," Patra said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, who himself is out on bail (in the National Herald case), had no right to question others on corruption.

The war of words between the ruling BJP and the was triggered after Mallya's statement yesterday that he had met Jaitley before leaving for the UK.

First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 14:30 IST