Mumbai: Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan demanded on Monday that BJP president Amit Shah should resign on moral grounds. On Sunday, The Wire, a news portal, published a piece alleging an exponential ‘16,000 times’ growth of a company, Temple Enterprise, co-owned by Jay Shah, son of BJP national president Amit Shah. Jay Shah filed a defamation suit against the news portal, the author of the story and the editor of the portal.
“Till 2014-15 there was only Rs 50,000 business annually, but after Narendra Modi became prime minister, the turnover jumped to over Rs 80 crore,” Chavan alleged. He alleged that the company was closed in October 2016 and in November 2016 the prime minister announced demonetisation, which may be a coincidence.
“Jay Shah’s Temple Enterprise received an unsecured loan of Rs 15.78 crore from KIFS Financial Services, a non-banking financial services company owned by Rajesh Khandwala, who happens to be a close relative of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani,” Chavan said.
Chavan said that before closing Temple Enterprise, he started Kusum Fin Serv. Jay Shah had 60 per cent stake in the company, while stating that its main business was ‘trading in stocks’. According to its statements filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), he obtained a loan of Rs 25 crore from Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank, Chavan claimed. Chavan said Modi had said, “Will not eat and no one will be allowed to eat,” meaning no corruption. Now the time has come for him to investigate the matter.
Chavan said Amit Shah is BJP’s national president and MP. He should resign from the Rajya Sabha as there is a precedent that whenever there are allegations against BJP presidents, they resigned. Lalkrishna Advani resigned when his name was linked within Jain Diary (hawala racket). Bangaru Laxman resigned after the Tehelka sting operation. Nitin Gadkari resigned as BJP president when there was an allegation against him in the Purti scam.
“The prime minister and the RSS should explain their stand over the suspicious company and its business,” Chavan demanded.
In response, the BJP’s core team defended their leader and ministers Chandrakant Patil and Vinod Tawde and BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar came forward to defend Jay Shah.