BJP on kickback allegations: Rahul Gandhi diverting attention from AgustaWestland scam

Strongly dismissing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took bribes from the Sahara Group, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the Congress scion made those allegations to divert attention from the party's troubles in the AgustaWestland scam.

"Rahul Gandhi is leading his party to repeated disastrous defeat and hence he is levelling baseless allegations," Prasad said, adding that Rahul is frustrated with failures.

Hitting back at the Congress party, the Union law minister said that Rahul was the biggest patron of corruption, between 2004 and 2014, when the UPA was in power.

Questioning Rahul on his credentials, Prasad alleged he did not even utter a word on the series of stinking corruption which had become an integral part of the Manmohan Singh's govt.

Defending the prime minister's corruption-free image, Prasad said, "Our Prime Minister is as pure as the river Ganga."

He recalled that the Supreme Court had rejected a plea for a probe by a special investigation team against Modi on allegations that two companies paid Rs 65 crore to him ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, adding that the apex court observed there were no basis to the allegations.

He added that the Congress did not spare any part of the world while indulging in rampant corruption: Earth (CWG scam), space (Devas-Antrix deal), underground (coal scam), sky (AgustaWestland and 2G scam) and sea (submarine scam).

Criticising the Congress vice-president for not doing his homework while making 'false allegations' against Modi, Prasad added that he does not think before and after speaking.

Earlier in the day, Rahul, while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Mehsana, alleged that as the state's chief minister, Modi received kickbacks from the Sahara and Birla group, and demanded an independent enquiry into it.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Dec 21, 2016 19:08:59 IST