"The CAG report has spoken of misappropriation and fraud of Rs 26,651 crore and the people are seeking the details. Hence this attack on constitutional institutions so as to avoid being exposed in front of the country," party leader Mohan Prakash told reporters at a joint press conference along with Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil and PCC chief Arjun Modhwadia.
They alleged that Modi was presiding over a "corrupt regime" and was apprehensive that an "independent" Lokayukta will expose him.
"Modi is another Yeddyurappa, or you can call him Modiappa. It is a desperate Modi and a desperate BJP.. which is a badi jhoothi (big liar) party," Gohil said.
Gohil even challenged Modi for a public debate at the place of the Chief Minister's choice on the issue of appointment of Lokayukta insisting that the Governor Kamla Beniwal had acted "as per law" in appointing justice R A Mehta as the lokayukta.
The BJP is up in arms against Mehta's appointment as Lokayukta by Beniwal without consulting Modi and his council of ministers with senior party leader L K Advani leading a delegation of party MPs to President Pratibha Patil today and and demanding immediate recall of the Governor.
Taking a dig at BJP, Gohil and Modhwadia said if they feel the truth is on their side why they are not fighting a legal battle and resorting to paralysing Parliament.
"The fact of the matter is that if there is an independent Lokayukta, then Modi will have to go and he is the biggest fund manager of the BJP", alleged Gohil.