Chitradurga: Congress party on Sunday demanded an enquiry of the “suspicious black trunk” which was placed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga district in Karnataka. Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that the Election Commission (EC) should inquire into the contents of the trunk.  He informed that the Congress’ Karnataka unit has already filed a complaint with the EC in this regard.”

Suggesting that there was cash in the trunk, Sharma asked PM Modi to come out clean. “We saw there were three more choppers escorting the prime minister’s helicopter. After landing, a black trunk was taken out and whisked away in a private car which was not part of the SPG carcade,” he alleged.

Sharma suggested there was cash stashed in the trunk. “What was there in the trunk. If there was no cash in it, let there an inquiry be held.” Proving his point, Sharma also played a video clip claiming the same. Notably, PM Modi had addressed an election rally in Karnataka’s Chitradurga on April 9. (Catch All Action of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)

Sharma also spoke on the Rafale issue and asked PM Modi to make public the conversation of a meeting held last year between him and former French president Francois Hollande on the fighter jet deal. “Why is he (PM) silent on his role in Rafale scam? Make the minutes of the meeting between Prime Minister and former French president Francois Hollande on the Rafale deal public by tomorrow. As there has been a controversy, it would help settle it once for all,” he said.

The Prime Minister in his “desperation to win has done an enormous disservice to the nation by dragging in the Armed Forces for Partisan political propaganda”, Sharma further declared. “Seeking votes for the courageous action and sacrifices of our soldiers is an unpardonable transgression and also an insult to the Armed forces who defend the motherland under the tricolour and not under one person or party. The Indian Army belongs to the Republic of India,” he said.