By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 9: The Congress trio in Assam was seen together on Monday to launch a scathing attack on the BJP in the aftermath of the media report that the turnover of a company – Temple Enterprise Private Ltd – owned by BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah increased 16,000 times over in the year following the NDA coming into power in 2014 and the elevation of Shah to the post of party president.
The media report said that in fiscals ending on March 31, 2013 and on March 31, 2014, Shah’s Temple Enterprise Private Ltd recorded losses of Rs 6,230 and Rs 1,724 respectively. However, the report said, the company had a turnover of Rs 50,000 in 2014-15, leading to the profit of Rs 18,728 and a turnover of Rs 80.05 crore in fiscal 2015-16.
Talking to the media on Monday, APCC president Ripun Bora said: “What has made such a huge profit possible? Had it been the case of another company investigation would have been initiated. Temple Enterprise showed an earning of Rs 51 crore from foreign tions. How come such a spurt in the flow of earnings from foreign countries possible all of a sudden? Why hasn’t the Enforcement Directorate and other investigating agencies investigated it?”
Bora further said: “Union minister Puyush Goel came to the rescue of Jay Shah. How come a minister comes to the rescue of a public? Doesn’t it smack of that he’s been compelled to do so? The BJP has three precedents of its presidents quitting their posts when faced with such allegations. Gong by those precedents Amit Shah should resign as BJP president, or else the party should sack him.”
Speaking at the press meet, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: “Is this Modi magic? How come a particular company makes such a huge profit when other companies have been incurring losses following demonetization and GST? Union Minister Piyush Goel sanctioned loan to Temple Enterprise for renewable energy even as the company doesn’t have anything to do with renewable energy. Action should also be taken against Goel.” Speaking at the press meet, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia hinted at nepotism in the sudden upsurge in the business and profit of Temple Enterprise.