Rahul Gandhi Slams PM Modi as “Champion of Corruption” Over Scrapped Electoral Bonds, Alleges Scripted Interview

Gandhi minced no words in his condemnation of the scheme, asserting, "This is the biggest extortion scheme in the world. All the businessmen of India understand and know this

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In a scathing critique, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched a verbal assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, labeling him as “the champion of corruption.” His remarks came in response to PM Modi’s recent comments regarding the controversial scrapped electoral bonds scheme, which Gandhi dubbed as “the biggest extortion scheme in the world.”

Gandhi, accompanied by Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in a joint press conference, accused PM Modi of orchestrating a “scripted and flop show” during his recent interview with ANI. Referencing PM Modi’s attempt to explain the electoral bonds system, Gandhi questioned its transparency and effectiveness. He pointed out the contradiction between PM Modi’s claims of transparency and the Supreme Court’s decision to annul the scheme earlier this year.

“The Prime Minister said that the system of electoral bonds was brought for transparency, to clean politics. If this is true then why was that system cancelled by the Supreme Court? And secondly, if you wanted to bring transparency, why did you hide the names of those who gave money to BJP? And why did you hide the dates on which they gave you the money?,” Gandhi emphasized.

The electoral bonds scheme, which allowed for anonymous donations to political parties, faced severe criticism and was eventually struck down by the Supreme Court. Last month, the court compelled the State Bank of India to disclose the identities of individuals and entities purchasing electoral bonds.

Gandhi minced no words in his condemnation of the scheme, asserting, “This is the biggest extortion scheme in the world. All the businessmen of India understand and know this, and no matter how much clarification the Prime Minister wants to give, it will not make any difference. Because the entire country knows that the Prime Minister is the champion of corruption.”

The revelation of the interview being scripted adds another layer of controversy to the discourse surrounding the electoral bonds scheme, highlighting concerns about transparency and authenticity in political communication.

PM Modi, in his interview, had vehemently defended the electoral bonds scheme, accusing the Opposition of spreading falsehoods. He reiterated that the scheme was devised to combat the menace of black money in politics and expressed confidence that “everyone will regret it when there is an honest reflection.”

As the political tussle intensifies over the scrapped electoral bonds scheme, the exchange of barbs between Rahul Gandhi and PM Modi underscores the deep-seated divisions on the issue of transparency and accountability in India’s political landscape.

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