Ahmadabad: Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of accepting kickbacks of several crore rupees while he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi made the accusations while addressing a rally in Mehsana, Gujarat.
The Gandhi/Nehru family scion accused Modi of accepting kickbacks of Rs 65 crore from corporate houses. The Congress party leader who has been leading the opposition parties from the front demanded an independent inquiry into the charge.
Rahul Gandhi has been threatening to reveal corruption cases against Modi for the last few weeks. Very recently he said that if he reveals the corruption cases of Modi, there will be earthquake. The BJP has termed the allegations as wrong and suggested that Gandhi was doing it to divert attention from corruption cases against the previous UPA government.
The ruling party went on to add that it was an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and the “family” were surfacing, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe and the Congress said Modi should get a fair probe undertaken into the charge.
The Congress party leader made the allegation while addressing a public rally in north Gujarat. He said, “it is on the records of the Income Tax department that Modi received money from the Sahara Group nine times in six months (in 2013-14).” Rolling out dates when Modi allegedly received money from the Sahara Group (Rs 5 crore seven times and Rs 2.5 crore twice), he said: “The Income Tax Department has this record from the Sahara Group’s diary for the last two and a half years and has recommended an inquiry.
He went on to add, “Narendra Modiji, tell us whether this allegation is true or not, order an independent investigation into this and come clean. You have made the entire country stand in queues for days. Now speak the truth…This is not all. There is one more record of the Birla Group (with the Income Tax Department). ‘Gujarat CM (to be paid) Rs 25 crore, Rs 12 crore paid, the rest?”
The allegations are not new and have been earlier taken to the Supreme Court by noted advocate Prashant Bhushan. Kejriwal, who has also been making the same allegations at public rallies, sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the charges. He also asked Modi to resign until he was cleared of the charges — like veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani did in 1996 after being linked to a Hawala scandal. Kejriwal said he was the first to expose the bribery in the Delhi assembly on November 15 this year and had since been doing so at one public rally after another across the country.