The Congress on Sunday launched another attack on the Centre’s Narendra Modi government as the revelation of another banking scam emerged.
Speaking to reporters, the party’s spokesperson and former union minister, Manish Tewari, said, “The PM won’t tell us which private people are travelling with him because it’s a state secret. The Defence Minister won’t tell the price of Rafale, because that’s a state secret. The Finance Minister won’t disclose the health of the economy as it’s too a state secret. The Information and Broadcasting minister won’t disclose her educational qualification as that too is a state secret. But what isn’t a state secret is the fact that, the entire country is saying, never again to the Modi government.”
Tewari’s press briefing came hours after it was reported that another banking fraud worth Rs 800 crore had taken place allegedly by the makers of Rotomac brand pen. A report by Network18 said that the owner of Rotomac Pens, Vikram Kothari, had fled the country after taking loans from various banks worth Rs 800 crore.
The report also said that several public sector banks including Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank and Union Bank of India had compromised their rules to render these loans to Kothari.
Quoting the RBI figure, Tewari said that over Rs 61,360 crore worth bank frauds had taken place in the last five years of which NDA has been in the government for the last four years. He said that it was ironic that the PNB, which is in the centre of Rs 11,000 crore ‘Modi-Choksi scam,’ had won the vigilance excellence award.
Tewari demanded that the Centre’s Modi government bring a White Paper on on the health of the banking system in the budget session, scheduled to start in the first week of March.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday had linked the PNB scam to the PM Modi’s demonetisation announcement.