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Rahul Gandhi Demands Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Step Down Over Alleged Meeting With Vijay Mallya

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| September 13 , 2018 , 14:31 IST

As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made it clear on Wednesday that it was an informal meeting with Vijay Mallya, Congress came out with a proof on Thursday that it was a sit-down meeting of 20 minutes.  

In a press conference Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “Yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Vijay Mallya had formally approached him in Parliament that was untrue as P L Punia ji saw a full 20 minute sit down meeting.

Punia was asked by Congress President to brief on that meeting and he said, “On 1st March 2016, when I was in Central Hall of Parliament House, I witnessed Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya talking discretely. On 3rd March, we heard from the media that he fled the country on 2nd March 2016.”

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“I have clearly stated about this in each of my interview with media. There are CCTV cameras, we can all see that for proof. If I'm wrong I'll resign from politics,” Punia added.

On these words of Punia, Congress President in a scathing attack on Jaitley said, “The absconder informed FM about fleeing the country. Why wasn't this notified to CBI or ED?”

“This is a clear-cut case of collusion. There is some deal between them. FM Arun Jaitley must resign and this should be investigated,” he added.

Commenting on the allegations made by the fugitive Mallya that he had met FM before leaving the country, Jaitley said, since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion, having been fully briefed about his earlier “bluff offers”, and that he curtly told Mallya “there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.”