Congress accuses BJP of awarding government contracts after accepting electoral bonds

Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said that the party would reveal details regarding electoral bonds soon.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 21, 2024 | 3:16 PMUpdatedMar 21, 2024 | 3:16 PM

Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh.

Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh on Thursday, 21 March, said that the grand old party would reveal details regarding the electoral bonds soon.

“Out of the ₹8,000 crore worth of electoral bonds that the BJP got, we have been able to directly correlate ₹4,000 crore of electoral bonds with ₹4 lakh crore worth of contracts awarded by the government of India,” said Ramesh.

He reiterated that the contracts were from the Union government and not from any state governments.

The Rajya Sabha member also claimed that this was a classic example of gaining business through bribing.

He was addressing reporters during a press conference held by the grand old party following the freezing of its bank accounts by the Income Tax (I-T) department.

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Serious issue

Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said during the press conference that freezing the accounts was very serious and affected not just the Congress but the democracy in India.

“A systematic effort is underway by the prime minister to cripple the Congress financially. Funds collected from the public are being frozen, and money from our accounts is being taken away forcibly. However, even under these most challenging circumstances, we are doing our best to maintain the effectiveness of our election campaign,” she said.

“On the one hand, there is the electoral bonds issue, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The electoral bonds have benefitted the BJP hugely. On the other hand, the finances of the principal opposition party, the Congress, are under a determined assault. This is truly unprecedented,” she added.

The views of the former party chief were echoed by the Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge who said, “The BJP has gathered around ₹8,000 crore using the now unconstitutional electoral bonds and on the other hand the accounts of the principal Opposition party are frozen.”

He demanded to ensure a level playing field ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.