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Cong demands resignation of Gujarat CM, targets PM too

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Congress today latched on to a controversy surrounding Anar Patel, daughter of Gujarat chief Minister Anandiben Patel, to put some questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demand a Supreme Court-monitored SIT probe and resignation of the Gujarat CM.

Asking Modi to “come clean” on the issue, the party sought to know from him whether he was aware of “clear conflict of interest” of the then Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel while allocating government land near Gir Lion Sanctuary to a company which allegedly has close business links with Anar Patel.

“Was this allocation based on a Cabinet decision and endorsed by (then) Chief Minister (Modi) and whether conflict of interest, if any, was disclosed?” said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma at the AICC briefing.

He said the issue would “definitely” be raised in the budget session of Parliament as it pertained directly to the Prime Minister “who has claimed that he has zero tolerance towards corruption”.

Sharma said the truth will emerge only through an independent probe by a Supreme Court-monitored SIT as agencies like CBI and ED cannot be trusted.

“We demand that a SIT monitored by the Supreme Court be established for a time-bound probe in the entire matter. For a fair probe, the Gujarat CM must resign,” he said.

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