These are times when the BJP is minimising the impact of the setback in the Karnataka elections. As it sounds the poll bugle for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the least the ruling party needs is a catalogue of scandals. The wrestlers’ protest — the authorities are accused of inaction against the federation’s president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh allegedly involved in sexual harassment of women grapplers — has already soiled the party’s image big time.
And now, it’s rocked by a post that is certain to create a political storm. BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Rambhai Mokariya has taken to social media, alleging that a senior BJP leader has usurped money from him to the tune of crores. In his tweet, reportedly written in capital letters, Mokariya said, “One very old politician is not giving me my money. He is a millionaire but his intentions are bad. He worked in various departments from 1980 to 1990 and retired from outside Gujarat.”
Mokariya has however restrained from mentioning names. “He is a senior leader from outside Gujarat and has retired recently. The leader is very rich.”
According to a report, he alleged that he lent money to the senior leader in 2011. He claimed that the leader turned a deaf ear despite asking for the money.
He also alleged that he hadn’t received support from other party leaders to get his money back.
Ironically, the charges of embezzlement against a senior BJP leader have come a day after the inauguration of the New Parliament Building.
Only recently, the Congress scaled up its attack on the ruling party with posts and advertisements on the issue of corruption. The party presented a rate card of alleged BJP corruption in Karnataka, advertising it in local newspapers.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a clean image. Also, in 2021, India moved to 82nd position, five places down from 77th rank in 2020, in a global list that measures business bribery risks called TRACE.
TRACE is an anti-bribery standard setting organisation which measures business bribery risk in 194 countries, territories, and autonomous and semi-autonomous regions.