Hours before the campaign drew to a close in Rajasthan,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a sharp attack on the Congress leadership over the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, taking credit fir bringing back middleman Christian Michel from Dubai to get at the deal’s “deep secrets”.
“We have brought back the raazdaar [confidant] who used to pay kickbacks in the UPA regime. Now he will spill the beans. He served politicians… wait and see who all will be named,” Mr. Modi said at an election meeting in Sumerpur town of Pali district.
Mr. Michel, a U.K. citizen, was brought to India on Tuesday night following his extradition from the UAE. A CBI Special Court in Delhi remanded him to the investigating agency’s custody for five days.
Pledging to go after the Congress leaders who were not investigated for scams in the previous government, Mr. Modi said corruption was a “way of life” for the Opposition party. He said only the BJP could uproot corruption at the grassroots level. “This VVIP scam took place when UPA was in power. It was the NDA government that started investigation,” he said.
The Prime Minister referred to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow continuation of reassessment of tax returns filed by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes in connection with the National Herald case. “The government has scored a win, thanks to the courage of a chaiwaala [tea vendor]. Now I will see how you escape,” he said.
Mr. Modi, who addressed a meeting in Dausa later during the day, said the Congress should give an account of 70 years first before asking for an account of the last four-and-a-half years. “The Gandhi family has been enjoying privileges for four generations,” he said.