Back after a break, Rahul resumes attack on PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
Mehasana: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Mehsana, Gujarat, Dec 21, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Mehasana: File photo of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Mehsana, Gujarat, Dec 21, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi resumed his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he made a return after a short break, at least on social media. Gandhi had been on a forefront attacking Centre on the issue of note ban, and narrowing it down further by making an allegation of “corruption” against PM Modi.

Referring to the news reports of an order from Income-Tax settlement authority giving relief to Sahara Group, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded an inquiry into the whole issue.

Attacking Prime Minister Modi on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the Congress deputy leader wrote, “Immunity for Sahara or immunity for Modiji? If your conscience is clear Modiji why fear investigation?”

This is his first political tweet after he took a ‘break’ on December 31. Rahul had then shared that he will be “travelling” for next few days.

His reaction against the government and in particular against the Prime Minister came shortly after the media report of Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC) granting Sahara group an immunity from prosecution and penalty following raids conducted on November 2014 during which the purported “diaries” listing alleged pay-offs to politicians were recovered.

Significantly, the ITSC has concurred with Sahara’s claim that the “evidentiary value” of the “loose sheets” recovered during the raids “could not be proved” by the Income Tax Department, according to the report.

However, the reports also claimed that the order showed that the ITSC had earlier rejected the application of the company and then on September 5, 2016 re-admitted it.

Earlier, during a rally in PM Modi’s home state Gujarat, Gandhi had alleged that in the Income Tax records there are notings of Sahara officials’ claims that they had paid 9 times to Modi between October, 2013 and February, 2014, during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The BJP, on the other hand, had dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s allegations as mere “desperations”, a bid to deflect attention from AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders had appeared.

(With inputs from the PTI)