PM Narendra Modi accuses Congress of ‘Tughlaq Road election scam’, looting money of poor

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PM Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of a “Tughlaq Road election scam” where money meant for poor, pregnant women was looted from people.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s residence as an MP is at 1, Tughlaq Road in New Delhi, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s official residence as an MP is 12, Tughlak Lane in the national capital.

IT Department recently conducted raids on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath and others in four states on Sunday.

CBDT, that frames policy for the I-T  department, had said the department has also detected a trail of ₹20 crore suspect cash allegedly being moved to the “headquarters of a major political party in Delhi” from the house of an important person who lives on Tughlaq Road, home to many VIPs.

“Searches in Madhya Pradesh have detected widespread and well-organised racket of collection of unaccounted cash of about ₹281 crore through various persons in different walks of life, including business, politics and public service,” it said.

Addressing a poll rally at Junagadh in Gujarat, Modi took a swipe at the Congress, saying it is known by many names as far as scams are concerned.

“Now it has got a new name, and with proof. The Congress is indulging in a ‘Tughlaq Road chunavi ghotala (election scam)’, where money meant for the poor is being usurped for their own leaders. Money meant for pregnant women is being looted,” Modi said.

He said the Congress in its manifesto says everybody should get bail even if they commit serious crime.

“For whom is this provision, is it for your leaders? In the last five years, I have brought them to the doors of jail and if you give me the next five years, they will be inside,” Modi said.

Taking a dig at the Income Tax raids on Kamal Nath’s aides, he said after Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh has become the new ATM for the Congress.

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