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Rahul Gandhi: Have info on Narendra Modi's 'personal corruption'

  • Published at 06:31 pm December 15th, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:54 pm December 15th, 2016
Rahul Gandhi: Have info on Narendra Modi's 'personal corruption'

Dramatically escalating his confrontation with the government, India's Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he had "detailed" information about PM Modi's "personal corruption" that he wanted to reveal in Parliament.

Rahul dropped the political bombshell at a press conference along with NCP, Trinamool, RSP and DMK leaders after the Lok Sabha was adjourned.

"That information is personal information about Narendra Modi which I want to place in Lok Sabha. It is personal corruption of the prime minister, the PM is not allowing us to speak," he said. "The PM is personally terrified of me being allowed to open my mouth inside Lok Sabha because I have information, that is going to explode his balloon," he said.

Rahul's comments set off intense speculation among even the opposition as to what exactly he had in mind. At a party meeting on Wednesday, Rahul responded to queries by party MPs but did not reveal his hand, saying he was referring to matters that were best raised in Parliament. There was speculation in political circles if Rahul was referring to a PIL filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan in SC concerning alleged political pay-offs by a couple of industrial groups. There was also speculation as to whether the government might hit back at Congress with details of ongoing probes into scams during UPA's tenure. The claim, which came just after the Lower House was adjourned over demonetisation, created a ripple of excitement with some opposition members saying it was a bold move that had put the ruling BJP on the edge.

Rahul insisted that the information in his possession was the reason why the government was stalling debate in Parliament although it is normally the opposition that resorts to such disruptions. He asked the government to allow a discussion in the parliament, offering that Modi could speak as much as he wanted. The opposition was ready for an unconditional debate, he added.

Ever since the UPA lost office, Rahul has been hurling direct, personalised attacks at Modi, ranging from his "suit-boot" barb to the "fair and lovely" jibe. "He owes the country an explanation," Rahul said. Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, "We can't understand why there's so much arrogance on the part of the government." P Karunakaran of CPM and NCP member Tariq Anwar attacked the government, seeking a discussion on demonetisation.

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