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Sitharaman defending corrupt BJP leaders, instead of protecting country: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today hit back at Nirmala Sitharaman, saying that instead of protecting the country, she was coming in defence of her party leaders embroiled in charges.

The attack came after Sitharaman hit out at former union and senior P over his family's foreign assets.

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"Sitharaman has been made the defence of the country and has been entrusted the task of protecting the country. Instead of that, she is protecting the corrupt in her party, Congress said at a press conference here.

He also accused the BJP leadership and Union ministers in the NDA government of deflecting issues and not giving answers to questions raised by the opposition leaders.

Khera also accused Sitharaman of not disclosing the price of the fighter jet aircraft.

He also accused the BJP of cancelling the earlier deal negotiated during the UPA under which public sector undertaking (HAL) was to make the aircraft in under transfer of technology and through offset projects worth thousands of crores of rupees.

To a question on charges against Chidambaram's family, he said the statement given by Chidambaram's is clear that there was no wrongdoing and that the Income Tax Department's action would be challenged in the court of law.

He accused the BJP of misusing the and targeting the opposition leaders.

The on May 11 filed charge sheets against Chidambaram's wife Nalini, son Karti, and a firm under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets.

To a query on the assembly election, he said he did not have faith in exit polls irrespective of whether they were in his party's favour or not, and exuded confidence that his party would win the election with majority and the (CLP) would decide on the chief ministerial candidate.

To a question whether the Congress would ally with the JD(S) to form the government in case of a hung assembly, he said, That situation will not arise, I can promise you that.

On Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's comment that he was ready to make way for a Dalit to take his place in the government if the Congress leadership wished so, Khera said it shows the large heart of the Congress and the pro-Dalit policy of the party.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 21:20 IST