Too many scams under BJP, got confused: Rahul on linking Shivraj son to Panama Papers

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Too many scams under BJP, got confused: Rahul on linking Shivraj son to Panama Papers

After Rahul's goof-up, Chouhan yesterday said he would file a criminal defamation suit against him for his "frivolous and malafide" statement. 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has furnished a clarification on his factually incorrect statement about Shivraj Singh Chouhan's son that resulted in a criminal defamation suit filed by the Madhya Pradesh chief minister against him.

Rahul Gandhi at his rally in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh yesterday (October 29), said Chouhan's son's name had surfaced in the Panama Papers case, whereas, notably, it was Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Raman Singh's son whose name had cropped up.

"There are so many scams in Madhya Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states that I got confused," Rahul Gandhi said today.

The Panama Papers had revealed names of rich and powerful people who illegally moved their money off-shore in the tax-haven, after papers from a Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked.

Rahul had further said that "even a country like Pakistan punished its former PM [Nawaz Sharif] when he was named in the Panama Papers" but no action was taken against Chouhan's son.

In July last year, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had resigned following the country's Supreme Court verdict to disqualify him from office.

After Rahul's goof-up, Chouhan yesterday said he would file a criminal defamation suit against him for his "frivolous and malafide" statement.

Incidentally, Chouhan's son was named in the Vyapam scam.

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