Congress' gaffe subsumes party leader Sheila Dikshit in graft case

Sheila Dikshit Photograph:( AFP )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2016, 10.27 AM (IST)

The Congress top brass earlier this week had launched a stinging accusation against India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi of accepting kickbacks from Sahara Group -- an Indian conglomerate -- but when they tweeted the entire list of individuals who were 'paid' by the business house today, they inadvertently showed one of their senior party members being one of the recipients. 

The Congress party's list shows that the business house paid Delhi chief minister Rs 1 crore (a little over $147,000) on September 23, 2013. Congress' Sheila Dikshit was the chief minister of Delhi till December 2013.

The gaffe will be embarrassing for the Congress party -- the main opposition party in India -- especially since it is trying to corner Prime Minister Modi by accusing him of corruption. It is a double whammy for the party as it projected her as Uttar Pradesh's chief ministerial candidate. Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest and the most populous state in India, is heading for polls next year.

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On December 22, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had claimed that Modi, who was the chief minister of India's western state of Gujarat at the time, accepted Rs 5 crore (roughly $737,000) and Rs 2.5 crore ($368,536) twice.

Gandhi cited documents retrieved by the taxmen when they raided various properties belonging to Sahara Group on November 22, 2014.

However, the list tweeted by Congress blamed several senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of taking bribes from Sahara Group.

The notable names include BJP leader Raman Singh, who was the chief minister of Chhattisgarh state then. The list claims that Singh received Rs 4 crore (over $589,000) from the conglomerate.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 

 

 

 

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