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Probe whoever is named in Sahara ‘diary’: Congress

Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have said that Modi has not come clean and he would stand exposed if an independent probe is conducted.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2016 5:40 am
sahara-759 Rahul Gandhi with the family of a farmer who committed suicide, in Baran in Rajasthan on Monday. PTI Photo

TWO DAYS after Sheila Dikshit questioned the “authenticity” of the purported Sahara “diary”, the Congress said on Monday that “whoever, whichever name is there should be investigated.” The party also decided to launch a nationwide campaign to highlight “demonetisation pain” and Rahul Gandhi’s corruption charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Rahul held meetings with top party leaders, including state Congress chiefs and party general secretaries, to finalise the street protest plan. Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, Ahmed Patel, will head a coordination committee set up by the party on Monday to oversee the fortnight-long protest.

While Rahul has alleged that Modi, as Gujarat Chief Minister, received money from the Sahara and Birla groups, the names of some Congress leaders, including that of the former Delhi Chief Minister, also figure in the alleged “payment entries” in the purported Sahara file.

According to sources, Rahul told party leaders that the documents which have come into public domain are important. He said the Prime Minister has neither answered the questions raised by him “seven times” nor ordered a probe. Rahul is learnt to have said that Modi has not come clean and he would stand exposed if an independent probe is conducted.

“There are many names. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh is there, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh is also there… Whoever, whichever name is there should be investigated. Our position is, if there is a name, do an inquiry. Some names may turn out to be wrong, some names may turn out to be right. Why are you shying away from an impartial, independent inquiry,” Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said when asked about Dikshit’s remarks.

As reported by The Indian Express on Sunday, Dikshit had questioned the “authenticity” of the purported Sahara “diary”. “I don’t know, because how can the authenticity be. When somebody has written about so many people. I believe there are quite a number of people in that. God knows. And who has written it? What is it? Even the court has said it is not authentic, it needs better proof and all. So I don’t know,” she had said.

“I have said what I had to. The ball is in the court of the @PMOIndia & others now. Will he respond and come out clean,” she tweeted on Monday.

Targeting the BJP, Ramesh asked whether Modi would order an independent time-bound probe to ascertain whether there was any money laundering by certain BJP leaders and whether they had information on demonetisation before the announcement was made.

Meanwhile, the BJP accused the Congress of raising baseless allegations. “They are raising baseless allegations because they are trapped in a series of graft cases. The Congress is the most frustrated party post-demonetisation announcement,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

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  1. S
    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:28 am
    However opposing the investigation is the real culprit. If anyone innocent, should welcome investigation to clean himself.
    1. N
      Jan 6, 2017 at 3:30 am
      The BJP is slowly finding out that its leaders are not all that squeaky clean...
      1. H
        HH Idom
        Dec 27, 2016 at 2:36 am
        BJP saying the same thing again and again, Congress is Scamgress blahblahblah but not offering any rebuttal of charges against Modi. Everyone knows that local BJP leaders already knew about demonitisation and made previous arrangements...BEFORE Nov 8, but Mr. Modi asked for bank account after Nov 8, what is the use of that?!
        1. B
          Dec 27, 2016 at 3:40 am
          If Congress stabs themselves, who else is to blame? There are so many good people in Congress but a langoor like Rahul hi cannot easily engineer a win in a Panchayat election. Ghulam Nabi Azad should take over. He's good and articulate.
          1. B
            Dec 27, 2016 at 3:37 am
            There are only a handful of useless people in the Congress. Besides Pappu, Digvijay Singh (the actual architect of their crushing defeats, who escapes accountability as Pappu absorbs all the public ridicule), Chidambaram (super corrupt) and Mani Aiyar (hopelessly irrelevant to modern India and should stop dying his hair) are complete deadweights. Sonia is super smart. Manish Tiwari, Meem Afzal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and so many other greats.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sheila Dixit is a winner. They are fools to burn her like this. Do they simply want to curl-up and die, because that is what this behaviour is. Congress can win again but these stronger people need to push away Pappu just like Modi pushed away Advani.
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