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    Rahul accuses PM of taking money from Sahara, Birla groups


    Rahul accuses PM of taking money from Sahara, Birla groups

    Allegations baseless: BJP

    Mehsana, December 21

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has demanded an independent inquiry into “suspected payouts” made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Sahara and Birla groups while he was chief minister of Gujarat.

    Addressing a rally at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf on Wednesday, Gandhi claimed that some file notings found at a Sahara executive's house in a raid by the Income Tax Department showed that the company had made nine payments to Modi between October 2013 and February 2014.

    Some documents that the income tax department has in its possession also showed that Birla Group had paid the Prime Minister Rs 12 crore during his term as the head of the Gujarat government, Gandhi said, as he wondered why there was no investigation into the suspected payouts.

    ‘Pure as Ganga'

    The BJP has called the allegations “an attempt to divert attention” from the multi-crore rupees AgustaWestland chopper scam in which the involvement of some leaders of the Congress, including the Gandhi family, is suspected.

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed the Congress vice-president felt frustrated at the party's “repeated defeats” in elections and claimed Gandhi spoke without thinking.

    “Did he say a word on series of corruption in the UPA regime? Ganga Ki tarah pavitra hain Pradhan Mantri (The Prime Minister is as pure as Ganga),” he said, adding that results of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation were “proof” that nobody was listening to Gandhi.

    “I condemn the irresponsible baseless allegation with the contempt it deserves. It is his nature to level baseless charges. The country need not accept anything else from Rahul Gandhi who has emerged as biggest patron of corruption,” he said. “The entire family is involved with agustawestland scam. If Rahul thinks that by levelling baseless allegations against the PM he can divert attention from the investigations, he is mistaken. Why did Rahul not speak on the issue earlier, why now?”

    Party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao called Gandhi's allegations “bluff and bluster”.

    “People of 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.

    Wednesday's development comes a week after Gandhi claimed he was deliberately not allowed to speak in Parliament because claimed he had evidence of Modi's personal corruption that could “cause an earthquake”.

    The Supreme Court is currently hearing a petition in which an NGO has accused Modi of corruption and has claimed the two companies had paid the Prime Minister Rs 65 crore before the general elections of 2014.

    Allegations baseless: BJP

    NEW DELHI: BJP today strongly dismissed as “utterly baseless” and “shameful” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's allegations that Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups and said the Prime Minister is as “pure” as the Ganga.

    Hitting back at Gandhi, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the allegations reflected the Congress leader's frustration and were an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and the “family” were coming up.

    “The allegations levelled against the Prime Minister are baseless, false, shameful and mala fide and they reflected Rahul Gandhi's frustration in leading his party to disastrous defeats in state after state,” he told a press conference at the BJP headquarters.

    Addressing a rally in Mehsana in Gujarat, Gandhi alleged that Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups and demanded an independent inquiry.

    Wondering why Gandhi did not raise voice against UPA Government's massive scams, Prasad said people of the country do not take the Congress Vice President seriously.

    “There is no expectation from Rahul Gandhi who has demonstrated himself as the biggest partner of corruption during the 10-year rule of the UPA… Why he did not utter a single word when crores of rupees were being looted during Congress rule,” asked Prasad.

    “Our Prime Minister is as pure as the river Ganga,” he said, adding even the Supreme Court had observed that there was no basis in the allegations. (AGENCIES)

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