Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly helping the liquor baron Vijay Mallya leave the country ‘despite a lookout notice.’
He told reporters, “They talk about bringing back black money, then how did they allow this? Modi ji had promised all of us of Rs 15 lakh before becoming prime minister. While we continue to wait for our Rs 15 lakh, he has gifted Mallya Rs 9000 crore and helped him leave the country.”
Rahul also repeated his ‘fair and lovely’ jibe against Modi government accusing it of helping people convert their black money into ‘white money.’
He said, “PM spoke in both houses of Parliament but he did not answer a single question on ‘Fair & Lovely’ scheme. Jaitley ji se puchha ki Mallya ji desh se bhaag kar kaise nikle? Jaitley ji ne lamba bhaashan dia par iska jawaab nhi dia. They talk about bringing back black money, then how did they allow this?”
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had earlier given statement in Rajya Sabha accusing the past Congress government of helping Mallya become rich.
He said, “Vijay Mallya was given banking facility for the 1st time in 2004 even when account wasn’t in order. Why that happened is something CBI is looking into. When Lalit Modi went abroad, Congress was in power and a case was registered under FEMA.”
Congress’ Jairam Ramesh too launched scathing attack asking why banks had not filed case till 5 March, when AG told that Vijay Mallya left the nation.
He asked, “The question is not about who gave loans to Mallya, the question is why was he allowed to leave India?”
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