BJP to Keep ‘Telescopic View’ on Rahul Gandhi’s Election Affidavit
The BJP on Saturday, 23 March cited the rise in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s income between 2004 and 2014 to question its source, claiming the Congress president had no ostensible source of income.
The BJP on Saturday, 23 March cited the rise in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s income between 2004 and 2014 to question its source, claiming the Congress president had no ostensible source of income.(Photo: PTI)

BJP to Keep ‘Telescopic View’ on Rahul Gandhi’s Election Affidavit

The BJP on Sunday, 24 March, said it will keep a "telescopic view" on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's election affidavit, a day after the saffron party alleged a rise in his income between 2004 and 2014.

BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media that Gandhi's income had risen from over Rs 55 lakh in 2004 to Rs 9 crore in 2014 as per his election affidavits, and asked how can a mere MP witness such a jump in income.

‘In his election affidavit in 2004, his income was Rs 55,38,123, while in 2009, it rose to Rs 2 crore and in 2014 it rose to Rs 9 crore. We know how much an MP earns. We want to ask what is this Rahul Gandhi model of development without an ostensible source of income.’
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister

He also asked whether Gandhi had bought two properties from Unitech, which was alleged to have links to the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

‘Gandhi's Income by and Large, Is Profiteering from Scams, Dubious Deals’

Additionally, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that there has been a "huge jump" in the income of the Congress leader, but did not provide any evidence or document to substantiate his claim.

Patra challenged Gandhi to file a defamation case against him, claiming that he is stating facts with evidence.

“The people this time in the country and the BJP in particular will keep a telescopic view on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi... Wherever he contests elections.”
Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, BJP

Patra went on to allege that the rise in Gandhi's income "by and large, is profiteering from scams, dubious deals" and charged him with hiding facts from his election affidavits.

The BJP leader said that the party will hold a series of such press conferences in the coming days to expose the "corruption of Rahul Gandhi."

He alleged that Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had a 4.69-acre farmhouse in Delhi that was rented out to a firm that had been issued a show-cause notice for violations and alleged financial irregularities.

There was no immediate response from the Congress.

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