Cong decks cards against Modi; alleges scam of Rs 1 lakh cr

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New Delhi, Jun 3: There seems to be more ammunition lined up against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. After anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare tarnished Modi"s image with his tirade that said “corruption is everywhere in Gujarat"; Congress is set to take the cue and make an issue out of it.

State Congress leaders are all set to give a petition to the President on Friday asking for a probe into massive irregularities to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore in the Modi government. Focus is on the Tata deal in the Nano project and the alleged role of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in the scheme of things. The state refused to divulge details of the Nano deal in public and was forced upon by an RTI application by leader of the Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil who managed to secure a copy.

Gohil claimed that the deal was a sell-out and that Modi doled out concessions to the Tata"s with Radia playing a key mediator so as to facilitate setting up the plant in Gujarat. The claim was seconded by PCC chief Arjun Modvadia. The Congress also accused and pointed out the fact that former CBI chief R K Raghavan who is also the Chairman of the SIT probing the 2002 riots was part of the negotiations. Raghavan was the head of Cyber Crime Investigation for Tata's.

Both Modvadia and Gohil accused the government of offering a loan of Rs 9,570 crore to a project whose total cost was Rs 2,900 crore. The interest for repayment of the loan after a period of 20 years was agreed at 0.1%. The delegation is believed to submit a 1000-page documentary evidence on Modi to the President. Modvadia added, “The irregularities are worth over Rs 1 lakh crore." Other MLAs and MPs would support their cause.

The Congress supporters also lauded Hazare"s tirade against Modi that said, “I had heard Gujarat is only vibrant, but now I realize Gujarat is only scams." The Congress went a step further and said that the reason for the irregularities going unnoticed was because the state had not appointed a Lokayukta for nine years.

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