Rahul takes on PM over Vyapam: 'Why are you allowing corruption?'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 02:17 IST

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on Vyapam and other corruption scandals.

He said Modi, who during the Lok Sabha election campaign had promised not to let anyone indulge in corruption, was now turning a blind eye the Vyapam examination and recruitment scandal in Madhya Pradesh.

"Our PM once said, and we all remember this: ' Na khaoonga, na khane doonga (I won't take money, I won't let others take money)' As Prime Minister your words should carry some weight. Why are you letting people eat? Why are you allowing them to continue in Madhya Pradesh and in Rajasthan? " Gandhi said.

Of course," Rahul said when asked whether Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should quit in the wake of the Supreme Court ordering a CBI inquiry into the Vyapam scam.

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The Congress leader also targeted the PM over the controversy involving former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi who was reportedly helped by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj get temporary travel papers. Lalit Modi, who faces cases of money laundering and forex violations, also revealed recently that Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje signed a secret affidavit backing his immigration papers in UK.

"Why are you allowing corruption in Rajasthan. When are you bringing back Lalit Modi," Gandhi said referring to the corruption scandals linking the former IPL boss and the Raje family.

Congress has been demanding resignations of Sushma Swaraj and Raje for helping Lalit Modi, of HRD minister Smriti Irani for misrepresenting facts about her educational qualifications, and Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde for her alleged involvement in a "chikki scam" by
clearing purchases worth Rs 206 crore on a single day without inviting tenders in violation of the norms.

It is also seeking resignation of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh in the wake of a "rice scam" in which Rs 36,000 crore are alleged to have been misappropriated.


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