The Wire had recently published an article claiming a company owned by Jay Shah saw a huge rise in its turnover after BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.
The two-week-long campaign will conclude on Tuesday. The padyatra was flagged-off by Shah on October 3 from Kannur, the northern district of the state with a history of clashes between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS workers.
The former finance minister, who has turned a strong critic of the Modi government's economic policies, also objected to the filing of a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against The Wire, which carried a story on Jay Shah's business.
Shah also slammed Rahul for mocking the development in Gujarat by asking the Congress leader what three generations of his family had done for Amethi.
Gandhi's remark came after several Union ministers came out in support of Shah's son Jay Amit Shah.
Inaugurating the new headquarters of the National Investigation Agency here, the minister said such allegations are levelled "from time to time".
Union Cabinet minister Smriti Irani, who successfully managed to reduce Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s victory margin in his pocket borough in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has already declared that Amethi has lost its faith in the Gandhi scion.
The former Maharashtra chief minister also demanded the resignation of Amit Shah over the controversy surrounding his businessman son.
"Either Amit Shah should immediately step down from his post or he should be relieved from the charge as the party president, so that allegations of irregularities levelled against his son Jay Shah's company could be probed independently," AICC spokesperson Pawan Khera said in a press conference here.
Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow, while BJP chief Amit Shah will visit on October 10, a statement issued by the district administration said.
Goyal adds that Jay Shah will sue The Wire for Rs 100 crore for article making “false, derogatory and defamatory imputation” against him.
News18, quoting sources, said that that Modi, Shah and Jaitley had discussed the state of the economy at the meeting, and that a major announcement can be expected before Diwali.
The government had yesterday cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each to moderate the relentless rise in fuel prices witnessed for the last three months.
Taking a cue from the jibe, historian Ramchandra Guha too tweeted, “Amit Shah too can learn from Kerala; how the residents of that state have tackled caste and gender discrimination far better than Gujarat.”
“Whenever the Left Front comes to power the cycle of violence begins in Kerala. Over 120 BJP and RSS workers have been killed and Kerala. Over 80 of them have been killed in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency. He needs to answer to the public,” Shah said.
BJP national leaders will be leading yatras across the state to mobilise its own cadre and challenge the ruling CPM in its own bastion from October 3 to 17.
RSS general secretary Suresh alias Bhaiyyaji Joshi told reporters that Shah made a courtesy call and briefed the Sangh leaders on the deliberations at the BJP's national executive meet in Delhi yesterday.
The Varanasi district magistrate has written to the BHU Registrar asking him to take immediate steps to address the concerns of the female students. Meanwhile, it is being said that the university V-C’s chair is now at risk, after he failed to handle the situation.
Rane met several Maharashtra BJP leaders, including state BJP chief Raosaheb Patil Danve, earlier in the day before meeting Shah, sources said.
After the day-long BJP National Executive, the PM has inaugurated ONGC's new office and launched a new power-for-all scheme.
In his inaugural address at the BJP national executive, Shah said the current president, vice president and the prime minister had reached their position due to their work, despite their humble origins.
With the opposition parties attacking the government's poor handling of the economy, in lieu of the falling GDP and demonetisation figures, Prime Minister Modi is expected to address these issues head on. He is also expected to highlight his dispensation's "successes" in boosting transparency and curbing black money, party sources told PTI.
After inaugurating the two-day meeting here, Shah held a meeting with office-bearers, state chiefs and key organisational leaders to finalise agenda items, including resolutions, which the national executive is expected to discuss on September 25, the birth anniversary of Hindutva icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
Party president Amit Shah held a meeting with office- bearers, state chiefs and key organisational leaders to finalise agenda items, including resolutions, which the national executive is expected to discuss on September 25, the birth anniversary of Hindutva icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
He made the remarks at a meeting of BJP workers here, targeting the Congress vice president who has been attacking the Modi government and questioning its handling of the economy.