Tue, 13 Nov 2018
Why PM is mum on corruption charges against Raman Singh
Raigarh (Chhattisgarh): Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on charges of corruption against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Shri Raman Singh and his family. Addressing a rally in Kharsia assembly constituency in Raigarh district in the poll-bound state, Shri Rahul Gandhi claimed the Prime Minister did not speak about corruption anymore. “In civil supply scam of Rs 36,000 crore, names of Raman Singh and his wife surfaced. Rs 5,000 chit fund scam took place under the protection of the Raman Singh government,” he alleged. “His (Raman Singh’s) son Abhishek Singh was named in Panama papers scandal, but no action was taken in any of these cases,” the Congress President alleged. “Prime Minister Modi used to speak about corruption in his speeches earlier, but why he does not speak about the corruption of Raman Singh and his family? Why Raman Singh too is silent over corruption,” he asked. The ruling BJP has denied the allegations of corruption against the Chief Minister and his family.
Shri Rahul Gandhi campaigned for Umesh Patel, his father Nandkumar Patel, then state Congress President, was killed in a Naxalite attack in Jhiram valley in Bastar’s Darbha area on May 25, 2013. Remembering Nandkumar Patel, Gandhi accused Modi of insulting the martyrdom of Congress leaders who died in the attack. He was apparently referring to the Prime Minister’s recent speech in Bastar where he had accused Congress leaders of supporting urban Naxals.
The Congress President promised loan waiver to farmers in the state. “After the Congress government is formed in the state, we will waive the loans of farmers within ten days,” he said. Gandhi said farmers would get a bonus on paddy procurement, and the bonus pending for two years, which the BJP government had promised but not paid, would be disbursed. On Monday, polling was held in eighteen constituencies of Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh. Remaining 72 seats will go to polls on November 20.