Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi challenged the Narendra Modi-led government on Thursday to probe “multiple” allegations against him and take action within six months.
“Several different allegations have been made against me… Modi ji, it’s your government, you have agencies. Use these agencies and investigate me. If you find anything against me in six months, lock me up,” Gandhi said at the Indian Youth Congress’ celebration of the 98th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi.
“Indira Gandhi believed in bringing people together. We are against the BJP and RSS as they are creating divisions,” the Congress leader said.
Gandhi also took a dig at Modi over the BJP’s recent poll defeat in Bihar. “BJP thought there would be a sweep in Bihar. The PM ran around a lot. There was a sweep, but not theirs, ours” he said.
Hitting back over BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s allegation questioning his nationality, Gandhi accused PM Modi of mud-slinging on him through his “cronies”.
Swamy said on November 16 that Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen in the registration papers of a private company in London. Allegations were levelled that the UK-based company - now dissolved - in its annual return for 2005 and 2006 and in its dissolution application in 2009 told the British company law authorities that Gandhi’s nationality was British and also that he had not disclosed all details about this particular company to Indian authorities.
The Congress vice-president said on Thursday: “I have no fear. I will not withdraw (from attacking Modi). I will continue to fight for the poor, the farmers.”