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After BJP’s Vadra assault, Congress attacks PM Modi

The Congress' allegations against PM Modi came in response to Tuesday's attack by the BJP on Robert Vadra and the Congress leadership

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 18, 2017 9:02 pm
president of india, President of India elections, Congress, India president, candidates for President of India, congress candidate for President of India, National news, latest news Abhishek Manu Singhvi also accused the Centra and the BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan governments of engaging in a “witch hunt” against Vadra. (File Photo)

The Congress hit back at the BJP on Wednesday over allegations of Robert Vadra’s links with a fugitive arms dealer, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making 100 tours within India and abroad on private chartered planes as Gujarat chief minister and asking who paid for them. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also accused the BJP of “witch-hunt and vendetta” against party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law.

Singhvi, with Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia by his side, released a purported list of Modi’s visits abroad and within the country from 2003 to 2007 when he was the chief minister and asked who funded those. The two leaders claimed neither the government nor the BJP paid to private players owning the chartered planes used by Modi.

The details of Modi’s visits were made available in response to an RTI query, they said, adding Rs 16.56 crore was spent on those trips, including Rs 3 crore on visits abroad. The Congress’ allegations against Modi came in response to Tuesday’s attack by the BJP on Vadra and the Congress leadership following a report on a TV channel which claimed fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari paid for plane tickets of Sonia’s son-in-law.

Based on the media report, the BJP yesterday fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who mounted a fierce assault on the Congress leadership over alleged “links” that Vadra had with Bhandari. The report had claimed Bhandari booked tickets for Vadra’s overseas visit in 2012. “We are raising a question on who spent this Rs 16.5 crore. We want to know why a private party spends for a person in a constitutional position. What is the motive?” Singhvi said.

Charging the BJP with indulging in “vendetta politics”, Singhvi asked Modi or the BJP to come out with answers to their questions for the “sake of propriety”. “These trips are clearly trips by a constitutional functionary, position holder. They are provided for by private persons…and we do not have any account. We must have accountability first. We are talking of constitutional propriety as somebody was trying to teach us lessons on constitutional propriety yesterday. It is worse than the pot calling the kettle black,” he said. Singhvi also accused the Centra and the BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan governments of engaging in a “witch hunt” against Vadra.

“In the last 41 months, the central government and the governments of Haryana and Rajasthan have been indulging in a witch hunt against Vadra. For the last 41 months, they have kept the pot boiling but have not found any proof,” Singhvi said.

“No conclusion, but it is lovely to keep the pot boiling, either when the elections are round the corner or when a ‘beta bachao andolan’ is in full speed, to divert, to digress, to confuse and to confound,” Singhvi said, in an obvious reference to a report by a news portal that the turnover of a company of BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay rose sharply after the party came to power at the Centre.

He termed as “baseless” the charges levelled against Vadra by Sitharaman based on the media report, which Vadra’s lawyer has already denied. Singhvi accused some in media of “selective” reporting and asked them to introspect.

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  1. M
    Oct 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    Everyone knows vadra is a thief well suited son in law to Sonia Gandhi who has swindled lakhs of crores of poor people's money which otherwise should have gone to their welfare. To guide them to swindle they have mastermind in P Chidambaram who helped to a mass wealth around the world, that the world have ever seen before. To cover up he also burned evidences in finance ministry in a fake fire accident in the ministry during his tenure.
    1. G
      Guru Golwalker
      Oct 20, 2017 at 3:02 am
      What is impotent Na,Modi is doing for the last 4 years?Simply wearing 4 carore suit to impress Barak Obama and hugging leaders around the world.?Why he is not getting time to satisfy d o g y like you.Behaving like real Godfather of Jay Shah and promoting in the cabinet who lost all election in their life.Most incompetent Pratham Sewak of India in the last 70 years.Worse than even Atal Behari.He has insulted the official chair he is occupying.
    2. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay
      Oct 19, 2017 at 1:34 am
      We appreciate your bindings in Congress. You are to support all allegations and charges cropping up against any member of the monarchy where you don’t have any say and freedom. Unless you do it, you will lose your job. You can say so many things, but can’t you place your claim of democracy within your party? Why do you support autocracy? Why do you love servility? There is no need to talk much about Vadra. The issue is reportedly being investigated. Unless you show, the allegedly accused person gained personally, all your allegations are bogus. Mere holding a cons utional post does not debar a person from doing any good for a state if he or she does not make any personal gain. Therefore 100 tours or 1000 tours you have failed to substantiate your claim.
      1. S
        Oct 19, 2017 at 12:14 am
        Congress former Pm Rajiv was thief has proved, His wife sonia was thief has proved --their damad was thief has proved --then their son Rahul have also caught for thief now on bail from court such thief family fake gandhi how congress old party has been tolerating ?? congress people are not have any shame . congress can go so down to make head thief people ? Indian are not so fool now to elect thief 's son to become pm to help more thief job which cm or pm in this world did not tour? one cm has every right to tour 100 or 1000 times --why require to paid others?? but Rovert vadra --whose state cm or pm or minister?? Rovert vadrs whose money has purchased house in uk and dubai, simla?
        1. G
          Guru Golwalker
          Oct 20, 2017 at 3:08 am
          If If iF IF If If what you say has even an iota of truth in it.Your Pratham Sewak is the most INCOMPETENT man to occupy the high chair.He is only an EVENT MANAGEER AND MAKING the hired crowed to shout MODI>>MODI>>>in front of TV camera.ONLY GOOD FOR NOTHING PERSON OCCUPYING THE CHAIR HE IS HOLDING.
        2. J
          Oct 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm
          Nauseating to see some TV channels, disregarding their Patra Dharma, shamelessly promoting agenda of political party. In this regard, print media seem to be more balanced.
          1. I
            Oct 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm
            Wow. Modi freeloaded on private jets to the tune of millions of rupees. Hey George Cruz, 'christian' good and true, this is what true freeloading looks like. Wonder what the businessmen got in return. I mean Modi is not a Debonair Girl like Saroj Pandey to be worth the entertainment.
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