Escalating the political mudslinging between BJP and Congress in the PNB case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Narendra Modi asking him to answer in connection with the whereabouts of jewellery czar Nirav Modi. At the Congress steering committee meeting in New Delhi today, Rahul Gandhi said, “PM Modi should come out and say what happened on Nirav Modi and why? What is he doing about it.” He also claimed that such a huge scam isn’t possible without high level protection. “This Rs 22,000 Crore scam cannot have been done without a high level protection. It must have been known by the people in government beforehand otherwise it is not possible. PM will have to come forward and answer questions,” said Rahul on the PNB case.
Nirav Modi took away 22,000 crores. PM can teach kids how to take an exam but can’t tell the country who is responsible for the money Nirav Modi took away. PM must answer what is he going to do about it: Rahul Gandhi #UPAChoksiFiles pic.twitter.com/x4z8Vdomyw
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Taking a jibe at PM Modi’s interactive session Pariksha Pe Charcha with students yesterday, Rahul said that the PM also needs to answer questions on Nirav Modi. “Nirav Modi took away 22,000 crores. PM can teach kids how to take an exam but can’t tell the country who is responsible for the money Nirav Modi took away. PM must answer what is he going to do about it,” Rahul added. Nirav Modi is the latest in the list of business tycoons cum economic offenders who fled India after committing fraud.
Rahul Gandhi also rejected BJP’s charge that he has personal ties with Nirav Modi. He said that the BJP is trying to divert the issue. The BJP today alleged that the multi-crore PNB scam involving Nirav Modi happened during the UPA rule and the Congress was spreading lies to mislead the public. The BJP, which fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to counter the Congress’s charges, claimed that it was under the NDA government that the alleged scams committed during the UPA rule were being unearthed.
The Congress has alleged that the scam took place in 2017 under the Modi government when letters of understanding were signed by Punjab National Bank in favour of the companies of Nirav Modi and his partner and uncle Mehul Choksi.