Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had received close to Rs 40 crore from the Sahara group during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister.
Rahul claimed that Modi received the money in instalments and said “The records are with IT Dept for last 2 and half years yet no action has been taken. An independent enquiry must be initiated.”
“As per record with IT, Rs2.5 crore was given to PM Modi on 30 October 2013; Rs 5 crore on 12 Nov 2013; Rs 2.5 crore on 27 Nov 2013; Rs 5crore on 29 Nov 2013; Entries showed Rs 5 crore given to PM Modi on 6 Dec 2013; Rs 5 crore on 19 Dec 2013; Rs 5crore on 13 Jan 2014; Rs 5crore on 28 Jan 2014; Rs 5 crore 22 Feb 2014,” Rahul claimed.
He renewed his attack on the Modi-led government over demonetisation and said that the move was not in favour of the poor.
“Demonetisation move wasn’t made against corruption or black money, it was against the honest poor people,” Rahul said at the rally.
“Modi ji has not carried out a surgical strike, he has firebombed the poor people of India. A farmer does not purchase his seeds by cheque or card but in cash, you (PM Modi) have taken away that cash from them,” he added.
He said the Congress would have supported the BJP government if they had taken genuine steps to tackle corruption.
“If Narendra Modi ji’s government takes any big or small step to eradicate corruption, Congress party will support them,” he said.
The Congress leader accused the govt of burdening the poor instead of helping them.
“The BJP government is snatching the lands of tribals in MP, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh. In Gujarat, they are beating up Dalits, who now live in fear for their lives,” Rahul said.
Earlier, on Wednesday morning, he had targeted the government on the ‘repeated’ changes in the rules regarding deposit of old currency notes in banks.
He posted the picture of a huge traffic signal showing red, yellow, blue and a few other colours at the same time, on Twitter with the caption, “Government orders after demonetisation.”
The Congress leader had on Tuesday likened the repeated changes in the rules to Modi’s changing of “clothes” and had said that the message going out was that the Prime Minister’s words were “hollow”.
He was commenting on the new decision of the government under which an amount more than Rs 50,00 in scrapped currency can be deposited only once per account till December 30.
Earlier, the Prime Minister, while announcing the demonetisation decision on November 8, had said old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes could be deposited in banks till December 30 without any questions asked.