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Pal takes on Swamy, says ‘Election Commission won’t take action against Congress’

Lucknow, Nov. 3 (ANI): Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Saturday took potshots at Subramanian Swamy over his decision to file a plea before the Election Commission of India seeking derecognition of the ruling party at the Centre, and said that the constitutionally established federal authority responsible for administering all the electoral processes in the country would not take any action on the basis of Janata Party chief’s baseless allegations.

Pal said every single individual of the country has got the right to approach the Election Commission.

“Anybody can approach the Election Commission, everybody has got this right. But there is a parameter and law by which the Election Commission derecognises any political party… A party can be derecognised only if it fails to get the required number of votes,” said Pal.

“Today in the country, the Akhil Bharatiya Congress Party has got a national status. We have our government in several states. The Congress has its government at the Centre. So, the Election Commission will not take any action on the basis of his (Swamy) baseless allegation when he approaches it,” he added.

Asserting that the allegations levelled by Swamy are completely baseless, Pal said the Congress Party would take legal action against him.

Pal further said that Swamy is at the moment indulging in all kinds of sensation so that he continues to be in the news.

“People of the country have rejected the Janata Party of which Subramanian Swamy is the President. He used to think earlier that only he can create sensation, but now he thinks that Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan are ahead of him,” said Pal.

“The manner in which UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi did not assume the Prime Minister’s post and Rahul Gandhi is also working for the organisation, and if we level allegations against such top leaders then we will continue to be in the news. So, that is the only motive of Subramanian Swamy,” he added.

Alleging that Congress has confessed to its ‘loan crime’, Swamy earlier today said that he will be filing a plea before the Election Commission of India seeking derecognition of Congress Party for giving an unsecured loan of Rs. 90 crore to Associated Journals.

The Congress admitted on Friday that the party had indeed made ‘interest-free loans from which no commercial profit has accrued to the Indian National Congress’.

“The Indian National Congress has done its duty… to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health in compliance with the law of the land,” the statement said.

Swamy had alleged that the Gandhis (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul) floated a private company Young Indians to acquire a public limited company Associated Journal, which published National Herald, for Rs. 50 lakhs. The company they acquired, he said had property worth Rs. 1600 crore in Delhi.

Swamy also alleged that the Congress gave an unsecured loan of Rs. 90 crore to Associated Journals. (ANI)