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Rahul Gandhi should stop mocking ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme: BJP 

New Delhi, October 22

As the Congress on Monday accused the BJP-led Centre and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of “conniving with fraudsters”, the ruling party seized on the registration of a rape case against Kerala Congress leaders to attack Rahul Gandhi, saying he should now stop mocking the Narendra Modi government’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme.

Referring to the registration of a rape case against Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and former Union Minister KC Venugopal, also an accused in the case, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said they were both Gandhi’s “friends” and the Congress should answer questions on such a serious charge against its leaders instead of targeting BJP leaders.

She also referred to “Sukanya case”, alleging that it was against Gandhi, and other cases involving Congress leaders to hit back at him for his attack on the Narendra Modi government’s  flagship “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” programme and the Me Too campaign against former minister MJ Akbar.

Lekhi said the scheme had in fact led to an improvement in the sex ratio in many states and it was time Congress stopped mocking it.

The Crime Branch of the Kerala Police has registered cases against Chandy and Venugopal, who is an MP, on a complaint of sexual misconduct filed by solar scam accused Saritha S Nair. 

However, Lekhi sidestepped Congress’s allegations against Jaitley, saying that it should instead answer questions on charges against Chandy and Venugopal.

The Congress has accused the Modi government of “conniving with fraudsters” who had escaped the country, claiming “conflict of interest” to demand Jaitley’s resignation.

As per the Congress, Jaitley’s daughter and son-in-law, both lawyers, allegedly received a retainership of Rs 24 lakh from fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi’s firm Gitanjali Gems. 

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