Batting for Jaitley, accused by Congress and AAP of financial irregularities in Delhi cricket body when he headed it, PM Modi hit out at Congress at BJP's parliamentary party meeting for levelling 'wrong and manufactured' allegations to 'defame' the government.

At the parliamentary party, no reference was made to similar charges made by BJP MP Kirti Azad, who was not present in the meeting today. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted PM Modi as having said that BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje had similarly faced such 'wrong' charges from Congress earlier.

"The Prime Minister gave the example of L K Advani. The government at that time tried to implicate him in the Hawalacase. Advani came through with flying colours and the strategy of Congress boomeranged. Same thing is going to happen regarding allegations against Jaitley... Congress is inventing issue to defame the government," Naidu cited.

Advani and a number of other leaders were investigated by CBI during the Congress government headed by PV Narasimha Rao. Advani had resigned from Lok Sabha in 1996 after allegations were levelled against him in the hawala case. The case, however, later collapsed due to lack of evidence.

The BJP has rallied around Jaitley as Congress and AAP have tried to corner him over the issue and demanded his resignation. Party chief Amit Shah issued a strong statement in his support yesterday.

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