Anand Sharma terms Amit Shah’s allegations on Congress’ Varanasi candidate as baseless

Mumbai, Apr. 19: Union Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma on Saturday said that what BJP leader Amit Shah says about Congress candidate from Varanasi Ajay Rai, are completely baseless.

“Now they have come to know about all of this about Ajay Rai. They just want to tarnish his name and these are baseless allegations against him. Out of fear that they are making such statements. One cannot expect truth from Amit Shah’s mouth. Ajay Rai is a strong leader and you will see that Modi will crash infront of him in this election,” Sharma said.

Earlier today the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Amit Shah, on Saturday said that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, must clarify on the alleged reports of the Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai’s name surfacing on his dealings in AK-47 rifles.

“I want to ask one question to the Congress, that some few days back a news channel from some secret sources had found that the Congress candidate from Varanasi Ajay Rai has been associated in dealing with AK-47 rifles. I demand that the central government should conduct an immediate probe to find out the truth,” Shah said in a press conference in Lucknow.

The BJP leader also questioned the Congress of its inability to field a better candidate other than Ajay Rai with clean image to contest elections from Varanasi.

“Has the Congress reached such a stage that it doesn’t even have a single person with clean image to contest from Varanasi? Even after all of this neither the Congress president nor the vice-president of the Congress are giving any reaction and therefore they must clear their stand,” Shah added.

A private television channel had reportedly revealed that Ajay Rai, the Congress candidate fielded against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, has been accused of buying AK-47 rifles from underworld don Shahbuddin in Bihar. (ANI)