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Rahul Gandhi Hits Back At PM Modi, Says Mock Me But Answer My Questions

"I did not see a single rich person standing in the line outside a bank."

22/12/2016 3:58 PM IST | Updated 22/12/2016 4:26 PM IST
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BAHRAICH -- Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi again, asking him to explain if he indulged in corruption or not.

Addressing a rally in Bahraich, a day after he alleged that Modi had taken money from corporate houses when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister, Gandhi said: "Make as much fun of me as you like... but answer my question. I will ask the same question again. Did you indulge in corruption or not?"

Gandhi also said that the decision to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes was not meant to be a battle against corruption or black money but was aimed at derailing the country's poor.

"Modiji said thieves are standing in queues (to deposit old currency). I saw 100-200 people outside a bank. They were not thieves, they were the poor people of India. I did not see a single rich person in the line. There was not one person in suit-boot," he said.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked him to disclose 'what was there in those 10 packets of 2012-13'.

"Modiji, first disclose what was there in those 10 packets of 2012-2013," Gandhi said on Twitter, attaching a document, seized by the Income Tax department, of cash payments to Modi during his stint as Gujarat's Chief Minister in 2012-13.

Gandhi on Wednesday accused Modi of taking kickbacks of ₹65 crore from corporate houses as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and asked him to come clean on this.

Modi on Thursday mocked him, asking where was the 'earthquake' the Congress leader had threatened.

"There is a youth leader in the Congress who has just learnt to speak. I am glad that he (Gandhi) has started to speak now," Modi said sarcastically at an event in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi.

Modi has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Varanasi.

"In 2009, it was very difficult to find out what was inside this packet. Good, he has started speaking. And there was no possibility of any earthquake."

"Had he not spoken, the country would have faced a big earthquake. And the country could not have recovered for 10 years," Modi said.

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