New Delhi, March 10: Blame game politics began in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, March 10 over the issue of Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya moving out of country without any information to bankers, the regulators and the judicial system. Mallya has loan debt of Rs 9,000 crore, including interest taken by his defunct company Kinfisher Airlines.
The ruckus in the Rajya Sabha started before proceedings took place, when the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said outside Parliament, "the government does not allow us to speak. PM Modi does not like to discuss on Vijay Mallya issues and If they allow us to react (on Vijay Mallya issue), we will. But I doubt government will allow."
On the same note, Jairam Ramesh, the former union minister from Congress party, questioned the government while saying, "the leader of the house tried to portray that all the loans were given during UPA rule. However, the banks did not file the case till March 5. The question is not about who gave loans to Mallya, the question is why was he allowed to leave India?"
Ghulam Nabi Azad, the former Congress minister of Health and Family Welfare, took jibe at government and said "Vijay Mallya is not a needle that he couldn't be caught. He can be seen from one kilometer away." On reacting on government behaviour and untimely action he said, " I accuse BJP-led government, why was Vijay Mallya not arrested, why was his passport not seized?"
He said further, "we have never recommended anyone for a bank loan. Whoever is involved, politicians or bankers, put them under probe."
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while hitting back at opposition assured the house and said "CBI is looking into the probe and they will make every effort to get back every single money from Vijay Mallya. Regarding that issue step has been taken already as several of his assets has been attached and bankers are making all effort to take back money."
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya to raise Vijay Mallya issue in Zero hour in Lok Sabha today.— ANI (@ANI_news) March 10, 2016
When Lalit Modi went abroad, Congress was in power and a case was registered under FEMA: Arun Jaitley in RS— ANI (@ANI_news) March 10, 2016