Baseless allegations against our ‘Ganga-like pure PM’, BJP reacts to Rahul Gandhi’s charge

BJP today defended the Prime Minister after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi alleged that Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups.
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India TV Politics Desk New Delhi December 21, 2016 18:36 IST

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday defended the Prime Minister after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi alleged that Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups. 

“Humare Ganga ke saaman PM ke uppar bebuniyad aarop laga rahein hain. Ye saare aarop kheejh mei laga rahe hain (Baseless allegations are being levelled against our Prime Minister who is pure like Ganges. These allegations are being levelled under frustration),” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.  

Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Mehsana, Rahul alleged that I-T records show notings of Sahara officials' claims that they had made payments to Modi on nine occasions 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.  

Wondering as to why there has been no probe in the matter so far, Gandhi demanded an independent inquiry.  

Reacting to Gandhi's allegations, Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi that the charges are "baseless, false, shameful and mala fide" and an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe as names of Congress leaders and the "family" are coming up. 

“Mr Rahul Gandhi is leading his party to repeated disastrous defeat and hence he is levelling baseless allegations in his frustration. Public does not think Congress is capable enough to even run municipalities,” The Union Minister of Law said.

Noting the various scams that took place under UPA rule, Prasad said, “Congress' history stinks with Corruption. The saga of Congress government is to promote looters of public money and to protect them. Congress did not spare the sky, space, land, under the land and even sea in corruption.” 

Not a word was spoken by Rahul Gandhi on the series of stinking corruption which has become integral part of Manmohan Singh's Govt, he said. 

Earlier, Rahul said he was raising the issue on behalf of the country which needs answers over the questions raised against the Prime Minister. 

"PM Modi takes bribes and then shamelessly foists Demonetisation on Indians under the garb of 'fighting Black Money," Congress tweeted after the rally quoting its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. 

"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.

Last week, Gandhi claimed that he had evidence of "personal corruption" of Prime Minister but he was being prevented from speaking in the Lok Sabha because it would cause an earthquake. 

BJP rejected the charge as an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and the "family" were coming up. 

The charges levelled by Rahul are not new and have already been published by at least two media houses. 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also levelled the same accusation in the assembly. 

A PIL was also filed in the Supreme Court by NGO Common Cause on the issue.  A bench headed by CJI-designate Justice J S Khehar last week had refused to take up the matter saying there was no evidence but only allegations against the Prime Minister. 

The bench then asked lawyer Prashant Bhushan to provide evidence before it could decide on whether it could admit the petition. 

Gandhi alleged that the I-T records show Sahara officials' claims of having paid Rs 40 crore to Modi on various dates between October, 2013 and February, 2014. 

"You (Modi) did not allow me to speak in Parliament. I did not know why you did not wanted to face me in the House. I tell you the reason. Any business entity keeps record of its transactions. On November 2014, Income Tax department conducted raids on Sahara, a very large corporate house," he said. 

"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. 

He then alleged that another record suggests that Birla Group gave Rs 12 crore to 'Gujarat Chief Minister'. 

"This record is with I-T department since last 2.5 years. I-T even recommended to conduct an inquiry in this issue. I want to ask you why no such inquiry was done? We want to know whether it is true that money was given to you nine times by Sahara?" Rahul asked. 

"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," said Gandhi. 

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