The Congress, on Tuesday, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of consistently not disclosing, but omitting his ownership of plot property in Gandhinagar in the election affidavit since 2007. The party also urged the Election Commission to take action against Modi while BJP refused the allegations and counter-accused the opposition parties of spreading “falsehood” against the PM.
During a press conference, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera claimed Modi had declared in the affidavit that he was the sole owner of Plot 411, in Sector 1, prime property in Gandhinagar, but later omitted that and gave details of another piece of land.
Meanwhile, via its official Twitter handle, the BJP said, “The caravan of falsehood moves on. There is a bankruptcy of issues in the Congress Party. Today’s election issue was that the number of the plot owned by the PM (his only asset) is now shown differently numbered from what was shown earlier.” The Congress has also demanded to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to prob the land allegation against Modi.
A PIL (Public Interest Litigation) by Saket Gokhale, a former journalist, was also filed on Monday in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into alleged “irregularities” in the disclosure of assets by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The land, the petition said, was purchased by Modi for a “paltry sum” of Rs 1,30,488 which was reflected in his Gujarat Assembly elections affidavit of 2007.
“However, Modi in his affidavit filed in 2012 and 2014 for the 16th Lok Sabha election did not disclose plot no 411, Sector-I, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat in his list of assets. Instead, he declared one-fourth ownership in plot no 401/A, sector-I, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. This is despite the land records clearly mentioning that the plot no 411 still stands in his name and there exists no entry in the land records qua plot no 401/A,” the Thane-based journalist Saket Gokhale said.