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BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi, terms UPA regime as the 'most corrupt period'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Hitting back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his comment on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance, the saffron party on Friday termed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime as the 'most corrupt period'.

The BJP asserted that the country did not witness larger scams in any other party's tenure than under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

"By raising questions like this, in terms of trying to highlight the corruption issue, he (Rahul Gandhi) inadvertently brings back focus on the most corrupt period in India's history which was under the UPA, presided by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi under Dr. Manmohan Singh," BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI.

Gandhi earlier today cornered Prime Minister Modi over his repeated assertion of a corrupt-free nation and wondered as to why he was extending his support to the SAD, which has ruined Punjab.

"Prime Minister Modi claims to fight against corruption, then how can he support the Akali Dal? The entire nation knows Akali Dal has ruined Punjab," Rahul said while addressing a rally in Punjab's Majitha.

"Some years back Punjab was flourishing with industries, the youth were passionate about their future. But now the Badal government has finished the industry and ruined the future of Punjab," he added.

Rahul, who officially announced Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as the party's chief ministerial candidate, also pitched for eradication of drugs menace in the state.

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First Published: Fri, January 27 2017. 18:55 IST