New Delhi: This is a rather very complicated issue for the Congress party. While Rahul Gandhi has been talking about the Sahara diary to nail Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the same diary seems to have become a serious issue for Congress Party’s UP chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit.
Meanwhile the Congress party earlier today tweeted a list of Sahara entries that contains the names of the people who have been accused of taking bribes from the leading business house.
The main opposition party has been asking the government to probe the diary and the whole issue seems to have become a very thorny issue for the former Delhi chief minister who has been on campaign trial for the last several months. Besides the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) also demanded an impartial probe into the matter.
The diary is all set to become like Jain brother’s diary. Among others, Modi’s name allegedly featured in the diaries as a receiver of kickbacks from the Sahara Group while he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a decade. While Dikshit has denied she had knowledge about any such diary, the Congress asserted that her denial does not dilute the corruption charges against Modi levelled by party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and called for scrutinising all the names in the list, including of its own party members.
Meanwhile the Congress had posted on Twitter the entries in Sahara diaries listing payments to several politicians that included Dikshit, former Delhi Chief Minister. Rejecting the allegations, Dikshit said she “does not recall anything” about the diary and asserted she has “nothing to do” with any such diary. According to the list, Rs 1 crore in cash was given to Dikshit on September 23, 2013, in Delhi. She was the Delhi Chief Minister until December 2013. But the Congress is insisting on the need for Modi to come clean.
Congress party spokesperson Sanjay Jha says, “We are fully aware that several political parties and leaders, primarily from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Modi, have been named in the documents…Whether any Congress leader is named or not is not material. What is material is that the Prime Minister’s name is there…Modi is accused at the moment based on those documents and he should suo motu call for an investigation”. Asked if the party wants the matter to be probed even at the cost of Dikshit, Jha said: “All the political parties, all the leaders featuring in the documents should be scrutinised, starting with the Prime Minister.”