Modi Got Money From Sahara Group & Birla, Says Rahul Gandhi

Modi will be sitting on the same wooden chair he sat on during the launching of his campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Kanpur in October 2013

Ridiculing Rahul Gandhi's remarks about bringing an "earthquake" with accusations of corruption against him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he is happiest since the Congress leader has "learnt" to speak as he has unwittingly admitted the "failure" of his party's reign.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a veiled dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, saying now that a "young leader" had spoken, there was no chance of an quake.

"They (Congress) have a youth leader; he is learning how to speak".

In yet another hit-and-miss opportunity, the Congress vice-president, who after his sensational claims of exposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once again proved he has no real ammo, as always. He frequently referred to Rahul Gandhi's threat of triggering "earthquake" after his speech, Modi mockingly said that he had a sigh of relief ever since Rahul had begun speaking. "Pretty much unconditionally we are ready to have a discussion he said", flanked by the leader of 16 parties.

"Rahul only asked if (Narendra) Modi had taken money from the Sahara and Birla groups", Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala said. The Congress leader last week promised to come out with revelations "about the personal corruption" of the PM, revelations that he said will create "a political natural disaster".

Asked what kind of inquiry would satisfy the Congress, he said: "An independent probe that inspires the confidence of the nation".

Bhushan's case rests on evidence recovered during income-tax raids on two business houses, Aditya Birla Group and Sahara that he alleges contains evidence of cash payments to Modi.

Therefore, part of Rahul Gandhi's allegation that the IT department is in possession of documents is true.

Gandhi said there were entries which showed that on October 30, 2013 Rs 2.50 crore was given to Modi, on November 12 Rs 5 crore, on November 27 Rs 2.5 crore and on November 29 another Rs 5 crore was handed over to him.

She further said demonetisation has not impacted elections in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Chandigarh. But what about the allegations of the prime minister taking money?

With Gandhi stepping up his attack against demonetisation and Modi, the BJP had threatened Gandhi saying that personal attacks on Modi would open a Pandora's box.

Gandhi had threatened to make damning disclosures against Modi.