Rahul’s allegations against PM Modi sharpens Cong-BJP tussle

RSTV Bureau
Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing his partymen in New Delhi.  Photo - PTI

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing his partymen in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

The BJP and Congress scaled up aggression against each other after Rahul Gandhi made allegations against Prime Minister Modi of receiving “money” from some business houses during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Strongly protesting against Gandhi’s allegations, BJP raised questions on Congress’ first family, and defended Prime Minister calling him “pure like ganga”.

Addressing a rally in Modi’s home state Gujarat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi 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.

He said the documents in this regard were with IT department which had raided the company when Modi was Gujarat Chief Minister. Similarly, as per documents with Income Tax department, the Birla group also paid Rs 12 crore to Modi when he was Chief Minister, he went on to allege.

“During that raid, I-T department found some documents, which are on record. I want to share with you the contents of those documents. There were several entries in those documents, which I am reading out before you,” he said.

Demanding an independent probe in the matter, he once again flayed the Modi government’s demonetisation move.

“You doubted the honesty of citizens, their hard-earned income, and made them stand in the queues. Now, on behalf of citizens, I am asking you whether the information is true or not. And if it is true, then when you will set up an inquiry,” he said.

The Congress party deputy leader had last week claimed of having “information” on the “personal corruption” of PM Modi. As the Parliament’s winter session was still on then, he had claimed that government is not “letting him speak” in the house for they were “terrified” of him.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arriving at BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arriving at BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Reacting to Gandhi’s allegations, BJP rubbished it calling it an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and the “family” were coming up.

“Rahul is facing multi-crore allegations in National Herald case, where he is out on a bail… his family’s name have cropped up in AgustaWestland case,” senior BJP leader and union minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said addressing a presser soon after Gandhi’s rally.

“The charges are baseless, false, shameful and mala fide,” he said, adding, “Our Prime Minister is pure like river ganga.”

Another BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao dismissed Gandhi’s allegations calling him immature and indulging in bluff and bluster.

“People of India have stopped taking him seriously. Rahul Gandhi is just bluff and bluster. There is no substance in what he says. He is just showing his and his party’s incompetence,” he said.

(With inputs from the PTI)