Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Saturday fully backed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy's decision to file a plea seeking derecognition of the Congress Party, and said the Election Commission of India should take cognisance of the complaint on merit and act firmly on it.
Punj said the 'issues raised by Dr. Subramanian Swamy are very very serious that a political party is giving a loan to a private company run by two leaders, who happen to belong to the ruling dynasty of this country'.
" And law not taking its course, whereas immediately investigations were ordered against Nitin Gadkari. You had people reading Swami Ramdev, but is there any specific immunity to one family here. So, Dr. Swamy is doing the right thing. I hope the Election Commission of India takes cognisance of the complaint on merit and has the courage to do the right thing," he added.
Alleging that Congress has confessed to its 'loan crime', Swamy earlier today said that he will be filing a plea before the Election Commission of India seeking derecognition of Congress Party for giving an unsecured loan of Rs. 90 crore to Associated Journals.
The Congress admitted on Friday that the party had indeed given 'interest-free loans from which no commercial profit has accrued to the Indian National Congress'.
"The Indian National Congress has done its duty... to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health in compliance with the law of the land," the statement said,
Swamy had alleged that the Gandhis (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul) floated a private company Young Indians to acquire a public limited company Associated Journal, which published National Herald, for Rs. 50 lakhs. The company they acquired, he said had property worth Rs. 1600 crore in Delhi.
Swamy also alleged that the Congress gave an unsecured loan of Rs. 90 crore to Associated Journals. (ANI)