New Delhi, June 8: Rasing doubts at the authenticity of Pune police’s findings of Narendra Modi‘s “Rajiv Gandhi-type assassination plot”, Congress on Thursday took a jibe saying that whenever the prime minister’s popularity declines, he plants such stories. Calling the whole assassination plot a popularity stunt, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “It is PM Modi’s habit that whenever his fan following loosens, he spreads the rumours that he’s going to be assassinated.” Also Read - Politics Heats up Over Farm Bills 2020, PM Modi Says Opposition Misleading Farmers; Cong Calls it 'Blatant Attack' on Federal Structure

“I am not saying this is completely untrue but it has been PM Modi’s old tactic since he was chief minister. Whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted. So it should be probed how much truth is in it this time,” he added. (Also Read: Hafiz Saeed’s Aide Says Modi Will be Killed, Seeks Donations For ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir) Also Read - 'Great Leader And Loyal Friend', Trump's Birthday Wish For PM Modi

A day after five people were arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence and for alleged Maoists links, the Pune police seized a letter from one of the accused that hints at a conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ‘another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident’ by ‘attacking his roadshows’. The letter mentioned that attacking his roadshows “could be an effective strategy”. Also Read - Happy Birthday Narendra Modi: Kangana Ranaut Prays For Prime Minister’s Long Life in a Video

“Comrades proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance that we might fail but we feel that the party must deliberate over our proposal,” the letter reads.

Public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar later told the court that the letter, which was found on the laptop of Rona Jacob Wilson, mentioned the need of Rs 8 crore to purchase M-4 rifle and four lakh rounds. Along with the letter, the Pune police also recovered a pen drive, hard disk and some other documents.