Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took on Narendra Modi at his home turf in Mehsana, Gujarat, accusing Modi of having taken Rs. 40 crore from the Sahara conglomerate. He also accused Modi of being against the honest people of India, saying the demonetisation exercise will not nab the corrupt people or the black money hoarders.
While alleging PM, Gandhi demanded an independent probe into the matter. “The Income Tax Department raided Sahara Company on 22 November, 2014. The records are with I-T Department for the last two and half years yet no action has been taken. An independent enquiry must be initiated,” he said.
He said the company paid money to PM Modi on at least occasions within a period of six months. “As per record with I-T, Rs. 2.5 crore was given to PM Modi on 30th Oct 2013; Rs. 5 crore on 12th November 2013; Rs. 2.5 crore on 27th November 2013; Rs. 5 crore on 29th November 2013,” Gandhi added.
He added that entries showed Rs. 5 crore given to the prime minister on 6th December, 2013; Rs. 5 crore on 19th December, 2013; Rs. 5 crore on 13th January, 2014; Rs. 5 crore on 28th January, 2014, and Rs. 5 crore on 22nd February, 2014.
Similarly, as per documents with I-T department, the Birla group also paid Rs. 12 crore to Modi when he was the Gujarat chief minister.
The Congress vice-president said Modi has divided the country into two parts: 1 percent comprising the rich, and the 99 percent population of labourers, farmers, small-time traders and the middle class Indians. He alleged that because of Modi’s policies, the 1 percent population has amassed 60 percent of the country’s wealthy, while the 99 percent of the population of labourers, farmers, small-time traders and the middle class Indians were burdened with demonetisation.
“All cash is not black, all black money is not in cash,” Rahul told the crowd in Mehsana, using a line he had last said at his Madgaon rally on Saturday. Black money is not with the 99 percent, but is being hoarded by the 50 rich families hobnobbing with Modi, he said.
However, Bharatiya Janata Party immediately rubbished the allegations, saying that Rahul is a “non-serious political leader”. “It become their (Cong) habit to level baseless allegations against PM. Rahul Gandhi is a part time non-serious political leader,” said BJP.
Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said Gandhi was immature and was just indulging in bluff and bluster because people are not taking him seriously.
“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.
“Rahulji asks if Modiji received this money from Sahara or not? If this document is with Income Tax, will Modi now investigate it?” tweeted party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.