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PM Modi talks of ending corruption but is silent on Panama Papers: Congress leader Pawan Khera

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Source: NDTV

The Congress on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks of ending corruption during his ‘Mann ki Baat‘ programmes but has remained silent on the Panama Paper leaks.

Congress leader, Pawan Khera, asked the PM  what action had been taken against Chhattisgarh chief minister, Raman Singh over the Panama Papers case, citing the name of Nawaz Sharif who recently quit as Pakistani prime minister.

“The prime minister speaks at length on corruption, but ignores Panama paper leaks”, he said.

Yesterday Congress vice- president, Rahul Gandhi mentioned about Singh’s son and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek.

“His (Abhishek) name appeared in the Panama papers, (but) what action have you taken in this regard,” Khera asked, suggesting that Modi should take cue from Pakistan on this issue.

On 28 July, Pakistan Supreme Court disqualified Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. This led to him quitting the office as Pakistan PM.

The Congress leader added that the BJP cannot keep “subverting democracy” and “yet come out holier than thou and talk about political integrity”.
He was referring to Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar leaving the mahagathbandhan and joining hands with the NDA, and the recent defections of Congress MLAs to BJP in Gujarat, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.

“Where is the money coming from in Gujarat? Our MLAs said they were offered money (to defect). We are not getting any answers to this in the prime minister’s Mann ki Baat,” he said.

He also said that Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ appears to be “disconnected” from ground realities as it has failed to address issues like unemployment and farmer issues.

In his radio programme on Sunday, Modi spoke on varied topics ranging from how the GST has transformed the economy to extensive relief being provided to the flood-hit states.