Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally in Meerut on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have taken a bribe from the Birla and Sahara groups in October 2013 when he was Gujarat CM. Brandishing “proof” of the alleged bribe, Kejriwal in the well-attended rally said despite their differences, he always thought of Modi was someone who “wasn’t corrupt”. The latest “proof”, he said, had shocked him. He said the “demonetization scam”, the “biggest in independent India”, was worth Rs 8 lakh crore”. The Delhi CM said, “Modi ji and I have always had differences. We never agreed on anything but I always thought that at least Modi was not a corrupt man. I never thought he could gobble up taxpayers’ money. But I have recently got my hands on some proof against the PM that has shocked me. After an IT raid in October 2013 on Birla, one of the documents mentions Rs 25 crore paid to the then chief minister of Gujarat. The document says ‘Rs 12 crore done’. This definitely raises some questions over whether Modi ji took a bribe from these groups. This should definitely be probed.”
While hearing a petition against the PM, the Supreme Court on Saturday had dismissed documents produced by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan as “zero”, “fictitious” and “not authentic”.
Lashing out against the government’s move to demonetise high-value currency notes, Kejriwal said, “We are not here to seek your votes. If this was an election rally then we would have held it in Punjab or Goa, where we are contesting elections. I am in UP to talk to you about the biggest scam in independent India. Modi ji announced the note ban in the name of fighting black money. If we were serious about fighting black money then he should have thrown the 638 people mentioned in the Swiss leaks in jail. Instead, the government has taken your money, put it in banks and then used it to waive off loans of industrialists. The total scale of this scam is Rs 8 lakh crore. In just two years, Modi ji has done bigger scams than the 10 years of UPA rule combined.”