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Sonia, Rahul flew free in Mallya's airline, alleges BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Firing a fresh salvo on the issue, the BJP on Friday alleged that the Congress-led government had "raised and protected" the fugitive and and had flown free of cost in his airlines in exchange for loans given to him.

The BJP's posed eight questions to highlight the alleged help provided by the to Mallya, after the claimed that and Arun Jaitley's "silence" on the row over the one time liquor baron's meeting with the minister was an admission of guilt.

"Why does not answer these questions? Why his lips are sealed when faced with these burning questions. What can be a bigger evidence of corruption than the fact that it was the government which raised and protected Mallya," he said.

Hitting out at the president, Baluni said he suffers from "ideological bankruptcy and does not know what he says, does and understands".

He cited the then Manmohan Singh's reported comments in 2011 that Kingfisher Airlines, now defunct, needed to be helped and asked if it was not true that the then minister P Chidambaram ignored rules to provide relief to the loss-making

"Is it not true that in exchange for providing (bank) loans to Mallya the then UPA and Congress and current Congress travelled free of cost in the airline's business class," he asked.

He also repeated several allegations the ruling party has been levelling at the Congress.

The two parties have been training guns at each other after Mallya claimed in on Wednesday that he had met Jaitley before leaving

The minister refuted his claim, saying he had never give him an appointment but the misused his privilege as a to accost him in Parliament but he asked him to approach his

Rahul Gandhi had accused Jaitley of colluding with a criminal and sought his resignation.

Congress P L Punia also claimed that he had seen Jaitley speaking to Mallya in on March 1.

BJP's IT claimed that Punia was "lying" under Gandhi's instructions. Party sources have said Jaitley was busy in a number of events on that day as he had presented the Union Budget a day earlier and it was unlikely that such a meeting would have happened.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 20:50 IST