Baseless charge, Rahul Gandhi is scared of Agusta: Ravi Shankar Prasad

He wondered why Rahul never raised his voice against corruption during UPA rule.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2016 6:02 am
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Rising to the defence of the Prime Minister, the BJP Wednesday rejected Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that Narendra Modi, as Gujarat Chief Minister, received money from Sahara and Birla groups. Describing Modi as “pure like the Ganga” and an “epitome of honesty”, the BJP accused Rahul of “diverting attention from the AgustaWestland helicopter scam in which his party leaders and family members have been named”.

Addressing a press conference after Rahul levelled the allegations at a public rally in Gujarat, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “The allegations levelled against the Prime Minister are baseless, false, shameful and mala fide and they reflect Rahul Gandhi’s frustration in leading his party to disastrous defeats in state after state.”

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“I condemn the irresponsible and shameful allegations of Rahul Gandhi… The public will never believe this. The country could not expect anything else from Rahul Gandhi who had been the second most important person in the Congress, whose whole history stinks with corruption. The saga of the Congress is to promote looters of public money and protect them,” he said.

Referring to scams during the rule of the Congress-led UPA, Prasad said: “The exemplary record of Congress party establishes a new benchmark in the loot of public money in the annals of the world. They did not spare the sky, space, land and under the sea.”

He wondered why Rahul never raised his voice against corruption during UPA rule. “Not a word was spoken by him against the series of stinking corruption charges which had become integral to the Manmohan Singh government in which he was the second most important leader after his mother Sonia Gandhi,” Prasad said.

He said people in the country have realised that Rahul does not think before he speaks. Blaming him for leading his party to “disastrous defeats”, the Minister said people of India do not trust Rahul or his party to lead the country or a state. “Now they do not consider his party as capable enough to lead even municipalities,” he said, referring to the civic elections in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Chandigarh where the BJP registered impressive wins.

Prasad said Rahul levelled the charges of corruption to “divert attention” from the inquiry into the AgustaWestland scam in which “names of his party leaders and family” had come up.

“He has been disturbed over the AgustaWestland probe.Congressmen and the family have been named in the AgustaWestland investigations. It is not surprising that they resorted to this baseless tactic given that they are feeling cornered. What is he himself? He is on bail in the National Herald case, a case of serious cheating and fraud,” Prasad said.

“And now he has raised false allegations against a clean and honest Prime Minister under whom the government has been running honestly.” He said Rahul will not be able to save his party leaders or family in the AgustaWestland investigation by raising allegations against Modi because the CBI will do its job “honestly”.

BJP leaders said the allegations raised by Rahul were not new and the Supreme Court had “rejected” the diary entry as evidence. “Welcome the decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court of not entertaining baseless charges leveled against Hon’ble PM by Rahul Gandhi,” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Twitter.

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    mumbai
    Dec 22, 2016 at 5:16 am
    so you are afraid of too.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Dec 22, 2016 at 2:44 am
      Spokesperson of the most corrupt party giving sermon on anti-corruption and pointing fingers at his twin brother?
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        DayalPrasad
        Dec 22, 2016 at 1:24 am
        Why not pull Rahul hi and take legal action for Defamation ? Then in future no one will lavy false charges like this.
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          Sreenivasan
          Dec 22, 2016 at 6:20 am
          Unfortunately for the PM, we are still a democracy. In democracies the allegations are to be ordered for enquiry. Government has managed several enquiries against BJP leaders and protected the interests of accused. So, why shy away now ? Let there be enquiry by "our own" retired Judges to submit a clean chit after enjoying government funds for some time.
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            SK Iyer
            Dec 22, 2016 at 2:34 am
            "Rahul hi is scared of Agusta: RS Prasad. THAT'S THE TRUTH! BLACKMAILING BUSINESS!!
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              k.madhukar
              Dec 22, 2016 at 4:51 am
              How much Rahul paid you to say this ?
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                k.madhukar
                Dec 22, 2016 at 4:52 am
                How much Rahul paid you to say this ? Tell the truth.
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                  KAPIL DEV
                  Dec 22, 2016 at 5:28 am
                  CONGRESS AND RAHUL SHOULD TELL FROM WHICH SOUR CE CONGRESS HAS 22000 CRORE RUPEE IN CONGRESS PARTY ACCOUNT . HE SHOULD DISCLOSE THE NAME OF PERSON WHO BRIBED THEM . THE CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD CHANGE ITS NAME AS CORRUPTION PARTY AND ITS MEMBER QUALIFICATION MUST BE A CORRUPT PERSON ONLY HE IS ELIGIBLE ?
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