Opposition chorus: Probe, clear PM Modi name

TMC calls for CBI investigation, Lalu, NCP, Left also call for probe; BJD says Rahul should substantiate.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published: December 22, 2016 4:43 am
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AS CONGRESS vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that Narendra Modi, as the Gujarat Chief Minister, had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups, Opposition parties joined the debate and sought a probe to clear the Prime Minister’s name — since “this is not an ordinary issue”, as RJD chief Lalu Prasad said, and “after all, the allegation is against the Prime Minister,” as NCP leader Tariq Anwar said.

Demanding a CBI probe, TMC chief spokesperson Derek O’Brien said, “The Congress vice-president raised the issue of corruption at a public meeting in Gujarat today…. The TMC had first raised this issue in 2014 and there must be a proper investigation. If necessary, CBI should probe the matter for the truth to come out.”

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Stating that Modi “should not keep quiet” on the allegation, Lalu tweeted, “(The) Prime Minister should give clarification…and get it probed by a Supreme Court judge.” Taking a dig at Modi’s remark at a rally in poll-bound UP that black money hoarders cannot harm him since he is a “fakir”, Lalu said, “Fakirs do not hide anything and live a transparent life. Fakir Sahab should give an account of Rs 40 crore, otherwise people will lose faith in Fakir and Fakiri.”

Striking a different note, BJD’s B Mahtab said, “He (Rahul) said that Income Tax (department) has this information. This is serious allegation and needs to be substantiated by the person making the allegation.”

NCP’s Tariq Anwar said, “Rahul Gandhi is the vice-president of the Congress, which has ruled the country for long. So if he makes an allegation, it merits attention. The issue was earlier raised also by noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan. The PM has claimed that he wants to end corruption. Now when this serious allegation comes, it definitely needs to be probed.”

Recalling that he and BJP veteran L K Advani had resigned after their name appeared in the Jain hawala payoff scandal, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said, “It was (then) a handwritten diary. This time entries are computerised. I have heard that Prashant Bhushan is pursuing the matter in Supreme Court. The issue was also raised by Delhi CM Arvind Kerjriwal. Now Rahul Gandhi has raised it…Doubts must
be cleared.”

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted, “Sahara Diaries and allegations against Modi, when he was Gujarat CM, are very serious and must be investigated. Whether Vyapam, Lalit Modi, GSPC or now Sahara Diaries, they reveal the sleazy, crony capitalism of BJP state govts. Thorough probe needed.”

CPI national secretary D Raja said, “It is a case that deserves high-level probe.”

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  1. K
    K. Dutt
    Dec 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    So, w bunch of thieves (looters really)-TMC, hi Congress, RJD, JD(U), AAP and some parties of one got together, accusing the Prime Minister with supposedly incriminating papers that another loser Prashant Bhushan took to the Supreme Court and got kicked on his backside by the court because it had "zero value", are asking for a probe that the Supreme Court has already ruled on. It 's like one jackal howls and w bunch joins in. Looting days of these enemies of the nation are coming to end. That's why there is so much shrill, so much desperation. Their days are numbered.
    1. P
      PN badri
      Dec 22, 2016 at 6:23 am
      Yes 110% right and MODI bound to order on corruption charges on him by opposition parties accusations. Indian judiciary highly in the case high profile politicians is well known fact.
      1. B
        Dec 22, 2016 at 3:43 am
        We do not know what is true and what is false. But one thing is clear these political jokers has lost their Mental Balance. This is an old case. Surprisingly this pappu was ruling, directly or indirectly, during this period. What he had done then regarding this matter. Why he is waking up now when he is thrown out of power. Whether this is his real intention to clean the corruption or just making fool the common man in creating an impression that he is clean. Why modi will be in doubt? everybody knows his family background and the present standard of the family. Second point to be considered is the money received for the party. Then how one man will be held responsible for the wrongdoing of party . If that is the case then not only Modi , all the leaders of each and every party will be put in the jail or to be hanged all together in our country . Bringing allegation against Modi looks, at the present moment, worthless and waste of time only. Donation to political party is not a new thing. If the donation to party is kept for party activities then what is wrong and how one man will be held responsible for this. But what is reality God knows.
        1. Bhagavath B S
          Dec 21, 2016 at 11:56 pm
          you report,support,report.suppost rahul khan,mafia,pappu,goon, but Modi is highly honest, patriot,and working 24 HRS for india's upliftment, eradicating poverty created by congress mafias,corruption free country, many things,this rahul goons working for foreign agents,
          1. D
            Dec 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm
            THESE congressi corrupt needs to correct their names first and kiss every Indians feet and beg apology FORlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How that crook family is still trying to fool INDIANSlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whichever name they adopt they are fake stanislt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Adopt Fathers or gfathers: Ghiasuddin Ghazilt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Adopt Mothers: Maimuna Begum KHAN they become Khanlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Or pretend they are reincarnation of Mahatma GHANDHI they can’t get away because it is Ghandy (muslim name)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How big was their hand in ination and parion?lt;br/gt;JAWAB DE SAB?
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