Dispelling the impression that recent searches by Income-Tax department were politically motivated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the law is equal for all and his residence should also be searched if he has done anything wrong.
Addressing a public meeting in Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh, he targeted the Congress on corruption, saying it committed the “Tughlaq Road election scam”, whose money was being used for the poll campaign of its chief Rahul Gandhi.
Referring to recent I-T raids at the premises of aides of Madhya Pradesh’s Congress Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Modi said, “They are crying that why were they targeted by the agencies. But they were raided as they indulged in wrongdoing. If Modi is found to do such things then he should also not be spared.”
The Central Board of Direct Taxes had said the department has also detected a trail of Rs 20 crore suspect cash allegedly being moved to the “headquarters of a major political party in Delhi” from the house of an important person who lives on Tughlaq Road, home to many VIPs.
After the raids, a Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh had accused the BJP-led central government of targeting opposition leaders for “political vendetta”.
“Modi tum virodhi dal valon ko kyon raid karte ho…mudda yeh nahi hai par itna sara paisa kahan se nikla (Why is Modi targeting those in the opposition. But this is not an issue. The point is from where has so much money come),” he said.
Continuing his attack on the Congress, the PM said, “Ek toh chori upar se seenajori (They indulge in theft and then raise their voice too). Agar Modi bhi gadbad kar raha hai to uske ghar bhi raid panda chahiye, kanoon sabke liye saman hona chahiye (If Modi does anything wrong, then his house should also be raided. Law should remain equal for all).”
Slamming Kamal Nath without naming him, Modi said money sent by the Centre under different schemes, including for providing nutritious food to pregnant women, is being swindled by the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh.
“This stolen money is being sent to Tughlaq Road, where the bungalow of a big Congress leader is located, and from there it is routed to the place of ‘naamdar’ (apparently referring to Gandhi) for funding his electioneering,” Modi said.
Talking about the Congress rule in the state, he said the Kamal Nath government has resorted to power cuts in the name of halving electricity bills of consumers.
“This is an example of how they function,” he said, warning people not to vote for the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls.
Modi said money disbursed by the Central government for farmers in Madhya Pradesh under its schemes was yet to reach the beneficiaries.
He accused the Nath dispensation of not sharing with the Centre the list of farmers requiring the help.
Taking a jibe at the MP chief minister, Modi said perhaps Nath was “too busy” to share the list with the Centre due to his Switzerland visit and political grooming of his son (who is contesting Lok Sabha election).
He criticised the Congress for the way it had dealt with the issue of terrorism while in power and remarked that the approach to tackle the menace has changed under the NDA government.
“The present government won’t spare any terrorist and will hit them by entering in their den,” the PM said.
Modi said he alone will not be able to root out the menace of terrorism and sought people’s support by way of their votes to accomplish the task.
He asked the people who from among the opposition wanting to become the PM can wipe out terrorism. When they chanted his name in response, Modi said it is not him but their “one vote” that would help wipe out terrorism.
Modi said Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had insulted soldiers with his reported remark that only those who cannot manage two square meals a day seek jobs in armed forces.
He took potshots at “those from the opposition parties aspiring to become the next prime minister”. They have already ordered their tailors for new attires, he added.
Madhya Pradesh, which has 29 Lok Sabha seats, will have a four-phase polling starting from April 29.